Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Mount Batten and Mount Edgcumbe from Teat’s Hill, near Plymouth
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image width 170mm,
  • image width 510mm
two sheets
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “5 & 6”
  • sheet, verso
  • “Mount Batten, Mount Edgcumbe etc View from Teat’s Hill”
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby's records (image)


Bequeathed by Francis Towne 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 FT689 to FT714, much or all of which by 1963 was owned by Mr and Mrs Sutton of New Zealand. On 19 June 1963 they sold seventeen drawings from the book, including this one, to the Fine Art Society (no.7772) for £3,750. This drawing (7772/10) was sold for £700 to Sir John Witt (1907–1982), whose heir, “a lady”, sold it at Sotheby’s on 11 April 1991, lot 72, for £8,400, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 11 April 1991, GBP 8400
Sotheby's, London, London, 11 April 1991, lot 72
Sir John Witt (1907 - 1982), GBP 700
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 19 June 1963, GBP 3750, no.7772/10
Mr & Mrs Sutton, New Zealand, June 1963
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Early English Water-colours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1964, no. 89 as 'Mount Batten, Mount Edgcumbe etc. View from Teat's Hill, near Plymouth'


Teats Hill is on the east side of Plymouth Sound, overlooking the city, whose edge is visible in the far right of the drawing (the citadel is also far right). The view looks south down the Sound to Mount Edgcumbe, with the island of Mount Batten towards the left.

by Richard Stephens

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