- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Near the Source of the Rhine
- ca. 1781/08/29
- Pencil, pen and brown and grey inks, grey wash
- image height 156mm,
- image length 209mm
- the paper has bookbinding marks along its top edge and is watermarked with part of a coat of arms
- sheet, recto, right
- “strong warm lights”
- sheet, recto, upper left
- “near the source of the Rhine / light from the left hand / Alps descending from mount Splugen / August 29th. 1781 / No.41 / Francis Towne”
- in brown ink over pencil until “1781”, brown ink only thereafter
- 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 (BP65). In November 1935 Judith Merivale sold it to Paul Oppé (1878–1957; no.2114) for £15 with five other drawings (FT306, FT328, FT335, FT336, FT350), and his descendants sold it in 1996 with the rest of Oppé’s collection to the present owner, the Tate Gallery (T08558).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Tate, London, 1996, T08558
- Adolph Paul Oppé (1878 - 1957), London, November 1935, GBP 15, no.2114
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP65
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP65
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- 76th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1949, no. 27
- Peter Bower, 'Drawing Paper in the 18th and 19th centuries: Papers from the Opp_ Collection, part 2', The Quarterly Journal of the British Association of Paper Historians: [?] London, 1998, p. 18
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 148
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 158
- 1 Bower 1998, p.18.
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