Frances Mallett (née Merivale) (1786 - 1851) John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844)
  • Mount Radford from near the Alphington Road
No date
Pen and ink, wash
  • image height 152mm,
  • image width 229mm
with a contemporary washline border
  • sheet, recto
  • below the image: “F.Merivale” and “ex. coll.” added in another hand (presumably by a previous owner or vendor who believed the drawing to be by Towne himself)
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Sketchbook of Devon views
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Christie's records (image)


Sold by the executors of Walter C. Hetherington of Gerrards Cross (dead by 1978) at Christie’s (as by Francis Towne) on 14 February 1978, lot 111(surely the wrong lot number), to Mrs Withycombe for £500, and again (as by Towne) at Bearnes in Exeter on 4 March 2003, lot 352, for £360 to a private collector, who still retained it in 2005.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 4 March 2003, GBP 360
Bearne's, Exeter, 4 March 2003, lot 345
Christie's, London, London, 14 February 1978, lot 111
Walter C. Hetherington ( - 1978), Gerards Cross, Buckinghamshire


The unsteady drawing here contrasts with the complexity of the Rubens drawing that the Tate has attributed to Frances Merivale (FT862). A second drawing is also inscribed with Frances Merivale’s name and may well be her work also. This drawing is another version of a sketch by Frances Merivale’s brother John Herman Merivale, which he inscribed “Mount Radford from a lane leading / into the Alphington Road beyond the Turnpike / Sept. 18th. 1810” and is within a sketchbook now at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (FT889).

by Richard Stephens

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