- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Clappersgate, near Ambleside
- Pencil, pen and brown and grey inks, watercolour
- image height 146mm,
- image length 229mm
- sheet, verso
- “No.16. Clappers Gate near Ambleside evening light from the right hand / August 10 1786. / Francis Towne”
- in brown ink
- Part of
- Partially-disbound sketchbook sold by Judith Merivale to H. B. Milling of Squire Gallery
- Object Type
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Christie’s records (image); Paul Oppé records
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it reverted 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 within a partially disbound sketchbook containing FT455, FT462, FT470, FT471, FT472, FT475, FT476, FT477, FT478, FT480, FT494, FT495, FT496. In February 1945 Judith Merivale sold the book to H. B. Milling of Squire Gallery for £25. Milling must have sold this drawing to the Fine Art Society, which on 18 April 1945 sold it to Agnew’s (no.4099), where on 23 January 1946 it was bought for £50 by Joseph Hawksley Elliot of Sheffield (1884–1978), whose daughter sold the drawing at Christie’s on 14 March 1978, lot 78, for £4,200 to Agnew’s, on behalf of a client, whereafter it is untraced.
- Associated People & Organisations
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 14 March 1978, GBP 4200, no.4099
Purchased on behalf of a client, whereafter it is untraced.
- Christie's, London, London, 14 March 1978, lot 78
- Joseph Hawksley Elliot (1884 - 1978), Sheffield, 23 January 1946, £50
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 18 April 1945
- The Fine Art Society, London, London
- Horace Bernard Milling (1898 - 1954), February 1945, GBP 25
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- 73rd Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1946, no. 30
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 126
- James Clarke, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire: London, 1789, p. 145
- 1 Clarke 1789, p.145.
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