Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Bickleigh Vale from Plym Bridge
Date
1815/09/04
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 140mm,
  • image width 229mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “Bickley Vale from Plym Bridge”, signed, numbered “14”, and dated “Septr 4th 1815”
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT778
Description Sources
Leger Galleries records; Christie's records (image)

Provenance

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 as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786, which they gave to their cousin Mary Ann Loveband (b.1865, alive in 1951), who sold the book to Agnew’s on 17 May 1938 for £60. On 15 October 1938 Agnew’s (no.2700) sold this drawing to William Theophilus Wiggins Davies of Birmingham (d. ca. 1960). It was sold by Sir L. Haley at Christie’s on 7 June 1946, lot 119 (a pair with FT786), to Agnew’s (no.4642), who sold it on 17 June 1946 to Sir John Heathcoat Amory, Bt (1894–1972), who sold it back to Agnew’s (no.7429) on 8 March 1954 for £130 with 786. On 10 December 1954 Agnew’s sold it for £90 to J. Hawkesley Elliott of Sheffield (d. ca. 1978), whose daughter sold it at Christie’s on 14 March 1978, lot 97, for £1,900 to Leger Galleries, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Leger Galleries, London, 14 March 1978, GBP 1900
Christie's, London, London, 14 March 1978, lot 97
Joseph Hawksley Elliot (1884 - 1978), 10 December 1954, GBP 90
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 8 March 1954, GBP 130, no.7429
Sir John Heathcoat Amory (1894 - 1972), 17 June 1946
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 7 June 1946, no.4642
Christie's, London, London, 7 June 1946, lot 119
Sir L. Haley, June 1946
William Theophilus Wiggins Davis ( - ca. 1960), Birmingham, 15 October 1938
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60, no.2700
Mary Ann Loveband (1865 - alive in 1951)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
72nd Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1945, no. 3
Loan Exhibition: English Watercolours and Drawings from Local Collections, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1949, no. 17
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 43
81st Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1955, no. 33
English Watercolours, Leger Galleries, 1978, no. 13

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