Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Durham
Date
1811/08/08
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 172mm,
  • image length 508mm
Support
two sheets
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “No2 / Durham / August 8th 1811 / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1811 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT716
Description Sources
Examination; Christie's records (image)

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. It descended to Merivale’s granddaughter Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale, d.1909) within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732, and thereafter within her family, until it was offered for sale at Christie’s on 7 April 1992, lot 66, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Christie's, London, London, 7 April 1992, lot 66
Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale) (? - 1909)
Within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816

Comment

This is a view of Durham from the north-east edge of the city, looking south-west from the north banks of the Wear across Elvet Bridge to Durham Cathedral and Castle.

by Richard Stephens

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