Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • In the Villa Mondragone
Date
1781
Medium
Pencil, pen and black ink, grey wash
Dimensions
  • image height 257mm,
  • image length 381mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.60. In the Villa Dragona. Francis Towne. 1781”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT290
Description Sources
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. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP22b). Judith Merivale sold it to Squire Gallery in September 1934 for £6 6s., from where it was probably purchased by Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861–1943), whose son Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir (1888–1957) sold it to Agnew’s (no.3779) on 10 March 1944. On 24 August 1944 it was bought from Agnew’s for £33 12s. less commission of £1 13s. 7d. by Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 20 November 1984, lot 69, to the present owner, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (RP-T-1984-120).

Associated People & Organisations

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 20 November 1984, RP-T-1984-120
Christie's, London, London, 20 November 1984, lot 69
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 24 September 1944, GBP 33.12s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 10 March 1944, no.3779
Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir (1888 - 1957), 1943
Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861 - 1943)
Squire Gallery, London, September 1934, GBP 6.6s
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP22b
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP22b
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
The Squire Gallery Summer Exhibition of Early English Watercolours & Drawings, Squire Gallery, 1934, no. 8
Watercolours by Francis Towne, City Art Gallery, 1950, no. 15
Early English Water Colours, Leeds City Art Gallery, 8 October 1958 to 23 November 1958, no. 99
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 140
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 86
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, p. 8

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