Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Near Dulwich College
Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour
  • image width 115mm,
  • image width 185mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Near Dulwich College / Drawn on the Spot. August 13 1812 / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

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Description Sources
Sotheby's records (image)


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 sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751. Probably the book was among the “two small sketchbooks and five small drawings late in date” that Judith Merivale sold to Squire Gallery in 1945 for £50. This drawing was on sale at the Fine Art Society in 1946 and they sold it on 21 or 23 January 1946 to Agnew’s (no.4401) for £31 10s. Agnew’s sold it on 22 August 1947 for £39 18s. to George Kenneth Galliers-Pratt. This is probably the Near Dulwich College that was sold at an unidentified auction house on 7 October 1976, lot 278, for £220, and the drawing was also was offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 9 November 1995, lot 53.

Associated People & Organisations

Sotheby's, London, London, 9 November 1995, lot 53
[?] Unidentified saleroom, 7 October 1976, lot 278
George Kenneth Galliers-Pratt, 22 August 1947, GBP 39.18s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, January 1946, GBP 31.10s, no.4401
The Fine Art Society, London, London, January 1946
[?] Squire Gallery, London, 1945, GBP 50
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Winter Exhibition of Early English Watercolours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1946, no. 119 as 'Near Dulwich College 1812'

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