Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image width 159mm,
  • image width 248mm
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Sotheby's records (image)


Bequeathed by Francis Towne 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 within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714. The drawing is thereafter untraced until its sale at Sotheby’s on 15 March 1990, lot 91, for £4,000. It was offered for sale by John Spink in November 2005 for £36,000.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
John Spink, London, November 2005
Private Collection, 15 March 1990, GBP 4000
Sotheby's, London, London, 15 March 1990, GBP 4000, lot 91
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 16


This work seems to have no inscription, although Sotheby’s sold it in 1990 as “Travellers on a Road near Exeter”. It is here associated with the 1810 sketchbook on grounds of style and dimension.

by Richard Stephens

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