Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Near Dulwich College
  • Two trees - near Dulwich College
Pencil, pen and grey ink, grey wash
  • image height 111mm,
  • image width 180mm
on paper with stitchmarks at the left edge and with a partial watermark “[. . .]HALL/[. . .]5”
  • sheet, verso
  • “near Dulwich College an Hospital in Surrey / drawn on the Spot from 2 to 3 o Clock August 13th. 1812 / light from the left hand Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum 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 733 to 751. 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 purchased from Squire Gallery by Sir Robert Clermont Witt (1872–1952) and bequeathed by him to the current owner, the Courtauld Institute of Art (D.1952.RW.4777).

Associated People & Organisations

Courtauld Gallery, London, London, 1952, D.1952.RW.4777
Sir Robert Clermont Witt
[?] 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
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 57
Anthony Blunt, Hand-List of the Drawings in the Witt Collection: London, 1956, no. 4295

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