Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Devil's Bridge
Date
1810
Medium
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 254mm,
  • image width 171mm
Support
medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “The Devil’s Bridge”
  • the drawing is laid onto a modern card, obscuring the inscription); museum records state that it is signed and dated 19 August 1810
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT695
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Bequeathed by Francis Towne 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 within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714, much or all of which by 1963 was owned by Mr and Mrs Sutton of New Zealand. On 19 June 1963 they sold seventeen drawings from the book, including this one, to the Fine Art Society (no.7772) for £3,750. On 1 July 1964 this drawing (no.7772/3) was sold for £550 to Paul Mellon (1907–1999), who gave it to the current owner, the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (B1975.4.1413; gift to Yale, December 1975).

Associated People & Organisations

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, December 1975, B1975.4.1413
Mr Paul Mellon (1907 - 1999), 1 July 1964, GBP 550
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 19 June 1963, GBP 3750, no.7772/3
Mr & Mrs Sutton, New Zealand, 1963
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Early English Water-colours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1964, no. 86 as 'The Devil's Bridge'

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