Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Holland House, Kensington
Date
1801/06/18
Medium
Pencil, pen and ink
Dimensions
  • image height 220mm,
  • image length 370mm
Support
paper with the watermark “I.Taylor 1795”
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “Holland House near Kensington / morning light from the right hand / June 18th 1801 F.Towne”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT625
Description Sources
Christie's records

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. Merivale’s granddaughter Emily Harriet Buckingham (b.1853) inherited the drawing in 1915. It was offered for sale at Christie’s on 4 February 1986, lot 6, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Christie's, London, London, 4 February 1986, lot 6
Emily Harriet Buckingham (1853 - 1923), 1915
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816

Comment

Holland House, a Jacobean mansion in Kensington, was the home in 1801 of Henry Fox, 3rd Baron Holland (1773–1840). Fox was the nephew of Charles James Fox and was himself a leading Whig figure of the early nineteenth century. He visited the Royal Academy exhibition in 1802 but appears not to have been nearly as interested in fine art as his uncle.

by Richard Stephens

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