Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Lake Como with Monte Legnone
ca. 1781/08/27
Pencil (?), pen and brown ink, watercolour, scratching out
  • image width 155mm,
  • image length 209mm
mounted by the artist[?]
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Lake Como with monte Leoni”, “light from the Right hand”, signed, numbered “24”, and dated 27 August 1781
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Description Sources
Christie's records (image)


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 (BP55) and sold it Miss L, Arthur of Butter Hill, Dorking, for £10 at an unspecified date (but perhaps in 1925, when Miss Arthur bought FT314.). Thereafter it is untraced apart from its appearance at Christie’s in 1973, where it was taken for a valuation with FT314.

Associated People & Organisations

Miss L. Arthur, Dorking, GBP 10
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP55
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP55
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816

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