Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Canonteign
ca. 1783
Pen and ink, (?) watercolour
  • sheet, verso
  • “Canonteign”, dated “1783”, and numbered “15”
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Barton Place catalogue; Paul Oppé notes


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

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


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


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

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