Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape
  • Devon Glade
ca. 1815
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 114mm,
  • image width 178mm
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
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 within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751. Probably the book was among the “two small sketchbooks and five small drawings late in date” that Judith Merivale sold to Squire Gallery in 1945 for £50. In 1946 it was on sale at the Fine Art Society, where on 21 January 1946 it was bought for £31 10s. by Joseph Hawksley Elliot (d. ca. 1978), who sold it at Christie’s on 9 November 1976, lot 71, for £620 to Agnew on behalf of a client. It was sold at Sotheby’s on 22 November 2007, lot 132, for £6,000 including fees.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 22 November 2007, GBP 6000
Sotheby's, London, London, 22 November 2007, lot 132
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 9 November 1976, GBP 620
Acquired on behalf of a client.
Christie's, London, London, 9 November 1976, lot 71
Joseph Hawksley Elliot (1884 - 1978), 21 January 1946, GBP 31.10s
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 1946
[?] Squire Gallery, London, 1945, GBP 50
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Winter Exhibition of Early English Watercolours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1946, no. 127 as 'Devon Glade'


This is probably the “Dorne(?) Glade” mentioned in the 1981 Leger Galleries catalogue as being on sale at the Fine Art Society in 1945–46. It may well be a view within Fordland as it is drawn similarly to the double-page view made there in 1815 (FT747).

by Richard Stephens

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