Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Fordland
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 114mm,
  • image width 356mm
two sheets
  • sheet, verso
  • “Fordland” and dated 19 August 1815
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Barton Place catalogue; Agnew's records (image)


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 within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751. Probably the book was among the “two small sketchbooks and five small drawings late in date” that Judith Merivale sold to Squire Gallery in 1945 for £50. By early 1946 the drawing was owned by the Fine Art Society, as on 21 or 23 January 1946 it was sold to Agnew’s (no.4404) for £47 5s. On 1 March 1946 it was bought for £15 less commission of £2 17s. by Sir John Heathcoat Amory, Bt (1894–1972), who on 27 February 1956 sold it back to Agnew’s (no.8261), where on 15 January 1957 it was bought by a collector (see also 749), whereafter the drawing is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 15 January 1957
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 27 February 1956, no.8261
Sir John Heathcoat Amory (1894 - 1972), 1 March 1946, GBP 15
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, January 1946, GBP 47.5s, no.4404
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 1946
[?] Squire Gallery, London, 1945, GBP 50
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Winter Exhibition of Early English Watercolours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1946, no. 126 as 'Fordlands'
Loan Exhibition: English Watercolours and Drawings from Local Collections, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1949, no. 14
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 41
83rd Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1957, no. 24

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