Description
Creator
Merivale after Francis Towne
Title(s)
  • Landscape
  • Trees with classical buildings
Date
1793
Medium
Pen and brown, grey and blue inks, brown, grey and blue washes
Dimensions
  • image height 192mm,
  • image width 140mm
Support
paper watermarked “J WHATMAN”
Mount
on an eighteenth-century mount
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Versions
Landscape Composition, Private Collection
Catalogue Number
FT837
Description Sources
Museum records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until November 1932 when on sale at Squire Gallery, who on 22 January 1935 sold it to Howard Spensley (1869/1870–1938) for £4 10s. Spensley bequeathed it to the current owner, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia (Acc. no.620-4).

Associated People & Organisations

National Gallery National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, 1938, Acc. no.620-4
Howard Spensley (1869/70 - 1938), 22 January 1935, GBP 4.10s
Squire Gallery, London, 1932
Exhibition History
Early English Water-Colours and Drawings, Squire Gallery, 1932

Comment

This is one of two copies of FT798, which is dated 1793. No catalogue of the Squire Gallery exhibition is known, but The Times review of it noted the inclusion of “A Classical Landscape” by Francis Towne,1 which is presumably the work Spensley bought. As Squire Gallery bought many Towne drawings from Judith Merivale, it is very likely that this also came from her. It seems, though, that it was not given a BP number and thus cannot be identified with any of the compositions at the more sparsely documented end of the Barton Place list.

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 The Times, 1 November 1932.

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