Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Near Rocca di Papa
Date
1781
Medium
Pencil, pen and black and brown inks, grey wash
Dimensions
  • image height 314mm,
  • image length 213mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “Near Rocca del Papa / Wood of Chestnut Trees / Francis Towne / 1781” and numbered “44”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT276
Description Sources
Christie's records (image); Agnew's records

Provenance

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 (BP16). The Barton Place catalogue states that Judith Merivale sold it to Squire Gallery in September 1934 for £6 6s., which is probably where it was acquired by Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861–1943), who certainly owned this drawing. On 26 October 1944 Sadler’s son Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir (1888–1957) sold it to Agnew’s (no.4002) for £45, where it was bought on 16 January 1945 by Charles Richard Nairne Routh (1896–1976) for £70. On 23 December 1945 Routh sold it back to Agnew’s (no.4391) where it was bought on 21 January 1946 by David, Viscount Eccles (1904–1999), for £80. By 12 February 1952 it was owned by A. H. Horton, who sold it that day to Spink & Son. On 18 (Spink records) or 25 April 1952 (Agnew’s records) it was reacquired by Agnew’s (no.6871) from Spink & Son for £155. On 28 May 1952 Agnew’s sold it for £175 less commission of £1 15s. to Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 20 November 1984, lot 70, for £6,000 to Agnew’s (no.1043), who bought it on behalf of a private collector (see also 632), whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Private Collection, 20 November 1984
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 29 November 1984, GBP 6000, no.1043
Christie's, London, London, 20 November 1984
lot 70
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), London, 28 May 1952, GBP 175
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 25 April 1952, GBP 155, no.6871
Spink & Son, London, London, 12 February 1952
A. H. Horton
Viscount David Eccles (1904 - 1999), London, 21 January 1946, GBP 80
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 23 December 1944
no.4391
Charles Richard Nairne Routh (1896 - 1976), London, 16 January 1945, GBP 70
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 26 October 1944, GBP 45, no.4002
Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir (1888 - 1957)
Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861 - 1943)
Squire Gallery, London, September 1934, GBP 6.6s
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP16
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP16
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
[?] 73rd Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1946, no. 66 as 'Near Rocca del Papa'
[?] 74th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1947, no. 50 as 'Near Rocca del Papa'
unidentified exhibition, 1957, no. 52
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 143
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, p. 12

Comment

In an undated note describing some of David Eccles’s drawings, Oppé listed “A monochrome Trees. small ex Agnew”, which is probably this work.1

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Paul Oppé records.

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