Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Porlock Bay
Date
ca. 1785/10
Medium
Pen and black ink, blue and grey washes
Dimensions
  • image height 303mm,
  • image length 241mm
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT447
Description Sources
Examination; Brown 1982 (image)

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 (BP216) and in 1924 sold it for £12 12s. to Alic Halford Smith (1883–1958). Smith bequeathed it to the present owner, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (WA1959.12.2).

Associated People & Organisations

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1958, WA1959.12.2
Alic Halford Smith (1883 - 1958), 1924, GBP 12.12s
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP216
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP216
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Eighteenth Century Master Drawings from the Ashmolean, Baltimore Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; Cincinnati Art Museum; and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1979, no. 27
Bibliography
David Blaney Brown, Ashmolean Museum Catalogue of Drawings Vol 4: Earlier English Drawings, Clarendon: Oxford, 1982, p. 160 (as by John White Abbott)

Comment

The Barton Place catalogue gives no indication of the location of this bay, calling it simply “A Bay Indian ink & blue wash”. The museum has catalogued this as the work of John White Abbott, but it is clearly Towne’s drawing. As it is a view of Porlock Bay, it was probably drawn in October 1785 around the time of two other Porlock studies (FT437, FT438).

by Richard Stephens

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