- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Mount Vesuvius
- Pencil, pen and grey ink, grey and blue washes
- image height 324mm,
- image length 491mm
- sheet, verso
- “No.3 / Naples March the 18th. 1781 / Mount Vesuvius / from 10 o Clock to 12 / Francis Towne”
- in black ink except the signature, which is in brown
- Object Type
- Monochrome wash
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 (BP28). Judith Merivale sold it in 1933 to Squire Gallery for £6 10s. It was bought from Squire Gallery by a Mr Anderson, who presented it in 1934 to the present owner, the National Gallery of Scotland (D[NG]1807). This was presumably the E A Anderson who purchased FT370 from Agnew's in the same year.
- Associated People & Organisations
- A. E. Anderson (active 1934)
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844)
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945)
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928)
- National Galleries of Scotland
- Squire Gallery
- James White (1744 - 1825)
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 138
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 90
- 1 John 'Warwick' Smith, Select Views in Italy, with Topographical and Historical Descriptions in English and French, 2 vols, J.Smith W.Byrne and J.Emes: London, 1792-1796, vol 2, pl.59
- 2 Italian Account Book, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 2003, accessed 18 January 2005: http://www.llgc.org.uk/pencerrig/thjones_s0011.htm.
- 3 Thomas Jones ed. Paul Oppé, 'Memoirs of Thomas Jones', The Walpole Society, 32: London, 1951, p.105, entry for 15 June 1781.
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