Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Looking to the Mountains over the Head of Buttermere
Pencil, watercolour
  • image width 152mm,
  • image length 229mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Light from the right hand 5 O Clock / Looking towards the mountains over the head of Buttermere / August 22nd 1786 / F.Towne. No.15.”
  • in pencil
Part of
  • Partially-disbound sketchbook sold by Judith Merivale to H. B. Milling of Squire Gallery
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Description Sources
Paul Oppé records


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 partially disbound sketchbook containing FT455, FT462, FT470, FT471, FT472, FT475, FT476, FT477, FT478, FT480, FT494, FT495, FT496. In February 1945 Judith Merivale sold the book to H. B. Milling of Squire Gallery for £25 and the drawing is thereafter untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Horace Bernard Milling (1898 - 1954), February 1945, GBP 25
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


This is the third of three drawings of Buttermere made on 22 August. Towne drew FT494 at 12 noon and FT495 at 1 o’clock. Within the sketchbook it came after FT462 and before FT471, which continues onto the verso of this drawing.

by Richard Stephens

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