Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Kenilworth Castle
Date
1813/08/28
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 180mm,
  • image length 255mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.6 / Kennelworth Castle / August 28th. 1813. from 11 till ½ past one / Francis Towne delt”
Part of
  • 1813 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT757
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; 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 (1745–1844) 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 as part of a sketchbook containing FT752 to FT764, which they sold in 1927 to Walker’s Galleries for £60. It was offered for sale at Christie’s on 10 July 1984. It was sold again at Sotheby’s on 13 July 1989, lot 101, for £1,200, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Sotheby's, London, London, 13 July 1989, lot 101
Christie's, London, London, 10 July 1985
Walker's Galleries, London, 1927, GBP 60
Within a sketchbook containing FT752 to FT764.
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
24th Annual Exhibition of Early English Watercolours, Walker's Galleries, 1928, no. 80

Comment

Kenilworth is a few miles north of Warwick. Apart from the other drawing of it Towne made in August 1813 (FT758), a further example exists (FT655).

by Richard Stephens

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