Description
Creator
Frances Giffard
Title(s)
  • Chapel Hill from Old Woods Hill
Date
ca. 1791
Medium
Pen and ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 320mm,
  • image width 470mm
Mount
on a contemporary mount
Inscription
  • sheet, recto
  • signed and dated “1791”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Chapel Hill from Old Woods Hill”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT882
Description Sources
Museum records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until acquired before 1998 by the present owner, Torre Abbey.

Associated People & Organisations

Torre Abbey, Torquay, Torbay, Devon
Bibliography
Leslie Retallick, Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery: Catalogue of the Art Collections, Torbay Council Education Services Directorate: Torbay, 1998, p. 8

Comment

Frances Giffard, a member of an ancient Devon family, was a frequent visitor to Torre Abbey, the seat of George Cary (1731–1805), and attended Easter mass there in 1791.1 The hilltop building is the medieval St Michael’s Chapel, north of the old village of Tormohum, itself just north of the Torre Abbey estate, which is obscured in the drawing by the hill. 

Towne made a drawing for George Cary in 1779 (FT146), and if Giffard’s work is—as it seems to be—a copy after a lost drawing by Towne datable to the late 1780s, it may be that Towne won commissions from the Cary family during that later period too. 

The composition follows a formula also used in an Exe estuary watercolour (FT901).

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Retallick 1998, p.8.

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