Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Heriot’s Hospital, Edinburgh
Date
1811
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 172mm,
  • image width 255mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “6 / Heriot’s Hospital / Edinburgh August 16th / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1811 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT724
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 sold at Christie’s on 9 November 1993, lot 28, for £2,000, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Christie's, London, London, 9 November 1993, lot 28
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

Heriot’s Hospital was a famous institution for Edinburgh orphans founded by George Heriot (ca. 1563–1624).

by Richard Stephens

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