Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Castello Madamo
Date
1781/04/22
Medium
Pencil, brown sepia ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 224mm,
  • image length 316mm
Support
paper with a fragmentary watermark
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • signed, numbered “2”, dated “22nd April 1781”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT247
Description Sources
Examination; 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 (BP5) and they gave it in December 1921 to their niece Dorothea, Lady Bunbury (b.1888, née Merivale; see also 80), who sold it on 10 May 1946 with 80 to Agnew’s (no.4614) for £30. On 15 July 1946 Agnew’s sold it for £40 to Charles Richard Nairne Routh (1896–1976), who sold it back to Agnew’s (no.6003) on 27 July 1949, where on 5 August 1959 it was bought for £120 less £6 (for 125 guineas according to Christie’s) by Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 5 June 2003, lot 38, for £16,730 including fees. The London dealer Andrew Clayton-Payne was offering it for sale “from a Distinguished Private Collection” in July 2014.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Andrew Clayton-Payne, London, July 2014
Private Collection, 5 June 2003, GBP 16730
Christie's, London, London, 3 June 2003, lot 38
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), London, 5 August 1959, GBP 120
125 guineas according to Christie’s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 27 July 1949, no.6003
Charles Richard Nairne Routh (1896 - 1976), London, 15 July 1946, GBP 40
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 10 May 1946, GBP 30, no.4614
Acquired with FT080
Lady Dorothy Bunbury (1888), December 1921
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP5
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP5
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Watercolours by Francis Towne, City Art Gallery, 1950, no. 18
English Watercolours from Four Yorkshire Houses 1660-1860, Scarborough Art Gallery, 1950, no. 11
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 142
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, p. 11

Comment

This is another view of Castello Madamo, somewhat nearer the town than the first one (FT246).

by Richard Stephens

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