Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Head of Lake Geneva
Pencil, pen and brown ink, grey and blue washes
  • image width 264mm,
  • image length 379mm
  • verso
  • "Head of the Lake of Geneva taken at Vevey / No.2 Septr. 11th 1781 / Francis Towne"
Object Type
Monochrome wash

The Head of Lake Geneva from Vevey, after Francis Towne
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum 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 (BP79 or 81). In 1936 Judith Merivale sold it to Squire Gallery, where it was bought by Agnes Lupton (1874–1950) and Norman Darnton Lupton (1875–1953) of Hyde Crook, Dorchester, Dorset, who bequeathed it to the current owner, Leeds City Art Gallery (13.211/53).

Associated People & Organisations

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1953, 13.211/53
Agnes Lupton (1874 - 1950), Dorchester, 1936
Norman Darnton Lupton (1875 - 1953), Dorchester, 1936
Squire Gallery, London, 1936
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP79 or 81
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP79 or 81
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
British Watercolours 1760-1930 from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1980, no. 94
The Great Age of British Watercolours 1750-1880, Royal Academy of Arts, 1993, no. 273
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Art Calendar, No. 26: Leeds, 1954, p. 10
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 131


This is the right-hand portion of Towne’s three-part panoramic view of Lake Geneva. See the Comment at FT374.


Figure 1.
Francis Towne, FT374, FT375 and FT376 assembled together, 1781

by Richard Stephens

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