Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Edinburgh from Leith
Date
1811/08/15
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 172mm,
  • image width 512mm
Support
two sheets
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “5 / Edinburgh / From Leith August 15th. 1811 / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1811 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT723
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 65, when it did not sell. It was sold at Christie’s on 12 July 1994, lot 48.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Christie's, London, London, 12 July 1994, lot 48
Christie's, London, London, 7 April 1992, lot 65
Unsold.
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

Leith was (and is) a suburban area of Edinburgh just north of the city, and the site of a natural harbour from which Edinburgh gained access to the Firth of Forth.

by Richard Stephens

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