Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Haldon Hall
  • View in Devonshire
  • Haldon Hall, near Exeter
Oil on canvas
  • image width 800mm,
  • image length 1257mm
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / 1780”
Object Type
Oil painting

Haldon Hall
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)


Perhaps commissioned by Sir Robert Palk (1717–1798) and thereafter untraced until owned by Thomas Mark Gambier Parry of Highnam Court, Gloucester (d.1966), whose executors sold it at Bruton Knowles’s auction of the contents of Highnam, 1–3 May 1969, lot 599 (as “English School (Eighteenth Century) An Oil Painting, Landscape with Large House, Canvas 32in x 50in”), for £1,400 to Leger Galleries. In the same year it was sold by Leger to the current owner, the Tate Gallery (T01155). Gambier Parry’s mother Evelyn Elizabeth (d.1935) was the daughter of Sir Lawrence Palk, 4th Bt, cr. 1st Lord Haldon in 1880. Probably, then, the painting descended to him from his mother’s family (Lord Haldon was declared bankrupt and much of the collection from Haldon was circulated among the family).

Associated People & Organisations

Tate, London, 1969, T01155
Leger Galleries, London, 1 May 1969, GBP 1400
Bruton, Knowles & Co, Bruton, 1 May 1969, lot 599
Thomas Mark Gambier Parry ( - 1966)
It was sold in 1969 by his executors
[?] Sir Robert Palk (1717 - 1798)
Exhibition History
[?] The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, 1780, no. 21 or 24 as 'View in Devonshire'
English Occasions, Leger Galleries, 1969, no. 14
Landscape in Britain, ca. 1750-1850, Tate Gallery, 1973, no. 101
Luke Herrmann, British Landscape Painting of the 18th Century, Faber: London, 1973, p. 75
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, pp. 48, 50, 131


This picture is based on a sketch of Haldon, FT153.

by Richard Stephens

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