Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Bathers
  • Windsor Castle
  • Bathers, Windsor
  • Figures bathing in a River, possibly at Wells
ca. 1812 - 1815
Pen and ink (?), brown wash
  • image height 114mm,
  • image width 181mm
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Christie's records


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it passed to Towne’s residuary legatee John Herman Merivale (1779–1844) and his successors. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751. Probably the book was among the “two small sketchbooks and five small drawings late in date” that Judith Merivale sold to Squire Gallery in 1945 for £50. In 1946 it was on sale at the Fine Art Society, where on 23 January 1946 (21 January according to Fine Art Society records ) it was sold to Agnew’s for £31 10s. Agnew’s sold it to George Kenneth Galliers-Pratt on 22 August 1947 for £36 15s. In 1949 it was in or left the collection of Gilbert Davis and was offered for sale at Christie’s on 26 April 1977, lot 12, where it did not sell. It is thereafter untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Christie's, London, London, 26 April 1977, lot 12
Gilbert Davis (1899 - 1983), 1949
George Kenneth Galliers-Pratt, 22 August 1947, GBP 36.15s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, January 1946, GBP 31.10s
The Fine Art Society, London, London, January 1946
[?] Squire Gallery, London, 1945, GBP 50
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Winter Exhibition of Early English Watercolours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1946, no. 130 as 'Windsor Castle'


There are certainly two and perhaps three drawings of Windsor in the 1812–1815 sketchbook. Agnew’s Drawing Book, in which all newly acquired drawings were listed, described this work initially as “Windsor Castle”, but “Windsor”’ was struck out and replaced with “A”. In 1977 Christie’s described this work as “Figures bathing in a River, possibly at Wells”. Agnew’s card-index file calls it “Bathers, Windsor”.

by Richard Stephens

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