Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Chudleigh Rocks
Date
1787
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 189mm,
  • image length 219mm
Support
an oatmeal mount
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne. delt / 1787”
  • in dark brown ink
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Waterfall at Chudleigh Rock / Francis Towne / 1787”
  • in brown ink and presumably, as this is given in the Barton Place catalogue, the number “10”, obscured by framer’s tape
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT539
Description Sources
Examination

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 (BP206). Judith Merivale gave it to her niece, Patricia Rawlins, who bequeathed it to the current owner.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Patricia Rawlins
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP206
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP206
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816

Comment

This largely monochrome sketch has been lightly coloured with yellow/brown and blue washes. Although by mounting and signing it Towne has surely signalled that he considered it complete, it is easy to imagine how the drawing could have been worked up much further to end up with the level of finish seen in a 1789 Canonteign waterfall view (FT560).

For Oppé’s brief note of this drawing, see the Comment at FT538.

by Richard Stephens

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