Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Canonteign
Date
ca. 1783
Medium
Pen and ink, (?) watercolour
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “Canonteign”, dated “1783”, and numbered “15”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT406
Description Sources
Barton Place catalogue; Paul Oppé notes

Provenance

Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1745–1825), 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 (BP190). In August 1936 Judith Merivale sold it to Squire Gallery for £3 3s., since when it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Squire Gallery, London, August 1936, GBP 3.3s
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP190
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP190
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816

Comment

Paul Oppé’s note reads: “190 Canonteign. 1783. . . . is less tight in drg [than FT400, FT403]: same dark ink much hatched. Effective & Gainsbro’ like.”1

Given its date and the fact that it is numbered, perhaps this sketch formed part of a series of drawings that Towne began on the north Devon coast in 1783 (400).

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.

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