- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Lake Como Looking towards Monte Legnone
- ca. 1781/08/27
- Pen and ink, probably monochrome
- sheet, verso
- “Lake Como looking towards Monte Lenoni”
- and dated 27 August
- Object Type
- Monochrome wash
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Barton Place catalogue, archives of Thomas Agnew & Sons
Notebooks and papers of Paul Oppé (1878-1957), private collection
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 (probably BP54). In 1929 Judith Merivale gave it to her nephew Alexander Merivale (b.1901) and his wife, Elizabeth, probably as a wedding present (see FT315, FT491), whereafter it is untraced. It is probably the drawing sold at Sotheby’s on 26 March 1975, lot 239, for £620 (as Lake Como looking towards Monte Lenoni), since another drawing of Como that they had owned (FT315) was lot 238 in the same sale.
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