- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Exe Estuary
- No date
- Pencil [?], pen and ink, grey wash
- image height 406mm,
- image length 610mm
- paper with creasemarks and watermarked with a Fleur de Lys design with the letters "I.V.C." and "VI" underneath
- Object Type
- Monochrome wash
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Notebooks and papers of Paul Oppé (1878-1957), private collection
Barton Place catalogue, archives of Thomas Agnew & Sons
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 (BP181). The Barton Place catalogue records no sale of this work. It is perhaps the “Landscape Mouth of the Exe” sold by Judith Merivale’s executors on 12 April 1946 to Agnew’s (no.4551), where it was bought on 10 September 1947 for £36 15s. (the same price as FT136) by Lieutenant Commander George Gosselin Marten of Crichel, Wimborne (d.1997), whose family in 2005 were unaware of the drawing. Possibly this is the work bought by Colnaghi (no.29757) from Phillips, lot 9 (no date given in the Drawings Book but possibly 27 September 1966), which they sold to a private collector on 9 March 1967. It was described by Colnaghi as a monochrome “?View of Exmouth” measuring 16⅝ x 25¾ in. (i.e. 422 x 654 mm).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Private Collection, 9 March 1967
- [?] P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 27 September 1966, no.29757
- [?] Phillips, London, 27 September 1966, lot 9
- [?] Lieutenant Commander George Gosselin Marten ( - 1997), 10 September 1947, GBP 36
- [?] Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 12 April 1946, no.4551
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP181
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP181
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.
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