Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape with Horseman and Goats
  • Landscape with cattle on a road
  • Horseman and Goats
ca. 1790
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour
  • image height 279mm,
  • image width 297mm
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Museum records (image)


Bought by Howard Spensley (1869/1870–1938) from Squire Gallery on 22 October 1934 (where it was exhibited as no.6) for 11½ guineas, and bequeathed by him to the current owner, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia (no.762 in the Spensley Catalogue). The drawing is said by the museum to have originated with the Merivale family and is possibly BP273, Horseman and Goats.

Associated People & Organisations

National Gallery National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, 1938, 613-4
Howard Spensley (1869/70 - 1938), 22 October 1934, GBP 11.5 guineas
Squire Gallery, London, 22 October 1934, GBP 11.5gns
[?] Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, 1915, BP273
[?] Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, 1915, BP273
[?] John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
[?] James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


This is perhaps an idealised rustic landscape rather than an actual scene. Its provenance prior to 1934 is unknown, although given its sale at Squire Gallery, it would be surprising if it had not originated in Barton Place. On examination of a good colour image of this drawing, it seems clear that it is the work of Towne himself, rather than a pupil, and for that reason its attribution has changed since the PhD version of this catalogue. It was probably drawn in the years around 1790 and is comparable to FT537 and FT570.

by Richard Stephens

Revisions & Feedback

The website will be updated from time to time and, when changes are made, a PDF of the previous version of each page will be archived here for consultation and citation.

Please help us to improve this catalogue

If you have information, a correction or any other suggestions to improve this catalogue, please contact us.