Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Shaugh
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 140mm,
  • image width 229mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.1[?0] / Shaugh Sept 1st 1815 / Francis Towne”
  • in brown ink showing through to the recto
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; John Spink (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 as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786, which they gave to their cousin Mary Ann Loveband (b.1865, alive in 1951), who sold the book to Agnew’s on 17 May 1938 for £60. On 6 February 1939 Agnew’s (no. 2696) sold this drawing to James Cyril Butterwick of Penn, Buckinghamshire (1890/1891–1966), who sold it back to Agnew’s (no.3697) on 6 January 1944 (also 782) Agnew’s sold it on 28 February 1944 to Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973) for £18 less 19s. commission. Worsley’s family sold it at Christie’s on 20 November 1984, lot 80, for £2,400. It was sold by John Spink in 2005 (advertised for £32,000).

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
John Spink, London, 2005
Private Collection, 20 November 1984, GBP 2400
Christie's, London, London, 20 November 1984, lot 80
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 28 February 1944, GBP 18
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 6 January 1944, no.3697
James Cyril Butterwick, 6 February 1939
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60, no. 2696
Mary Ann Loveband (1865 - alive in 1951)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Watercolours by Francis Towne, City Art Gallery, 1950, no. 6
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 141
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, pp. 1, 9


Shaugh Prior was a village on the River Plym a few miles north of Plymouth.1 The pinnacle in the top-left corner is part of the Dewerstone Rocks (FT773).

When they catalogued their acquisition in 1938, Agnew’s placed this drawing tenth of the twenty-three works in the sketchbook.

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Donn 1965, pl.10a.

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