Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Chudleigh Park
Date
No date
Medium
Pen and black ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 205mm,
  • image length 190mm
Support
paper indistinctly watermarked
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “Chudleigh”; if the drawing is BP205, it is numbered “9”, dated “1787”, and inscribed “Chudleigh Park”
Object Type
Watercolour

Catalogue Number
FT538
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records (image)

Provenance

Untraced apart from its sale at Sotheby’s on 16 July 1981, lot 78, for £500. However, either this or FT540 is probably BP205, which appears not to have left the Merivale family during the lifetime of Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945).

Associated People & Organisations

Sotheby's, London, London, 16 August 1981, GBP 500
lot 78
[?] Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP205
[?] Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP205
[?] John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
[?] James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816

Comment

This is a view of Chudleigh Rock, near Chudleigh. On the grounds of its subject and compatibility with Oppé’s note, it is quite likely to be BP205; the note reads: “205 & 206. 1787. Loose violet & hatches. Flooded, ink slight.”1 The other drawing of these two is here catalogued as FT539.

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

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

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