Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape Composition
Pen and ink, watercolour
  • image height 244mm,
  • image length 171mm
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “Francis Towne / delt 1793”
Object Type

Salcomb Cliffs near Sidmouth
Landscape Composition
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Christie's records (image)


Untraced until acquired by Joseph Hawksley Elliot of Sheffield (d. ca. 1978), whose daughter sold it at Christie’s on 14 March 1978, lot 86, for £2,600 to Spink & Son. On 30 March 1978 Spink sold it for £3,500 to a UK private collector. It was sold at Sotheby’s on 8 July 1982, lot 90, for £3,400, whereafter it is untraced. Probably this is the “Mountainous Landscape” acquired from Bernard Milling by the Fine Art Society (no.4465) and sold on 22 May 1947 to Joseph Hawksley Elliot for £42. It is very likely that Milling acquired it from Judith Merivale or her estate.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 8 July 1982, GBP 3400
Sotheby's, London, London, 8 July 1982, lot 90
Spink & Son, London, London, 14 March 1978, GBP 3500
Christie's, London, London, 14 March 1978, lot 86
Joseph Hawksley Elliot (1884 - 1978), Sheffield, 1978
[?] The Fine Art Society, London, London, 22 May 1947, no.4465
[?] Horace Bernard Milling (1898 - 1954), 1947
[?] Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915


This is a later version of a drawing Towne made in 1780 (FT786).

by Richard Stephens

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