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.

Associated People & Organisations

Alexander Merivale (born 1901)
Elizabeth Merivale
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945)
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928)
Sotheby's, London
James White (1744 - 1825)


See the Comment at FT315.

by Richard Stephens

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