- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- On Top of Mount Splugen
- ca. 1781/08/29
- Pencil (?), pen and brown ink, watercolour
- image height 210mm,
- image length 155mm
- laid paper with stitch marks along the (long) left edge
- sheet, recto, upper left
- in brown ink over pencil
- along the long (unstitched) edge of the sheet “On the top of Mount Splugen / Light from the left hand / August 29th 1781 / No.40 / Francis Towne”
- in brown ink over pencil, the writing in brown ink much smaller and tighter than the pencil; with further brown and grey ink lines indicating clouds and mountain ridges, associated with FT332
- Object Type
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 (BP64). In July 1935 Judith Merivale sold it to Sir Montagu Montagu-Pollock (1864–1938), whose son Sir William Montagu-Pollock (1903–1993) sold it at Sotheby’s on 18 March 1964, lot 26, for £750 to Agnew’s (no.3998). On 23 July 1964 Agnew’s sold it to a private collector. In 1970 it was given anonymously to the current owner, Rhode Island School of Design (70.118.52).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Thomas Agnew & Sons
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844)
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945)
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928)
- Sir Montagu Montagu-Pollock (1864 - 1938)
- Sir William Montagu-Pollock (1903 - 1993)
- Rhode Island Museum of Art, School of Design
- Sotheby's, London
- James White (1744 - 1825)
- William Hauptman, Magnificent Switzerland: Views by Foreign Artists 1770-1914, Electa: Milan, 1991, p. 64
- William Coxe, Travels in Switzerland in a Series of Letters to William Melmouth Esq, T. Cadell: London, 1789, vol 3, p. 161
- 1 Coxe 1789, vol.3, p.161.
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