Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Kenilworth Castle
Date
1813/08/28
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 176mm,
  • image length 260mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “No7 / Kennelworth Castle / August 28th 1813 from 11 to near 2 o clock / Francis Towne delt”
Part of
  • 1813 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT758
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 (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 is thereafter untraced until offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 16 March 1978, lot 62, when it did not sell. It was sold at Sotheby’s on 30 November 1978, lot 64, again at Sotheby’s on 14 March 1985, lot 35, for £1,150, and at Christie’s on 8 July 1986, lot 113, for £1,600, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Private Collection, 8 July 1986, GBP 1600
Christie's, London, London, 8 July 1986, lot 113
Private Collection, 14 March 1985, GBP 1150
Sotheby's, London, London, 14 March 1985, GBP 1150, lot 35
Sotheby's, London, London, 30 November 1978, lot 64
Unsold.
Sotheby's, London, London, 16 March 1978, lot 62
Unsold.
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. 81

Comment

As wth two drawings of Oxford (FT752, FT753), at Kenilworth (here and FT757) Towne has inscribed overlapping periods of time.

by Richard Stephens

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