- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Skelwith Force and Lingmoor Fell
- Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour
- image height 267mm,
- image length 375mm
- 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. Quite feasibly it is BP156, “all Italian paper none [i.e. no date, no number]”, sold to Squire Gallery in February 1935 for £14. By June 1935 it was on sale at the Fine Art Society (which often snapped up the Squire Gallery’s Merivale acquisitions), where on 2 August 1938 it was purchased for £25 by James Leslie Wright of Warwick (1862–1954), who bequeathed it to the current owner, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (P.399, 53), although under the terms of his bequest the drawing remained in the custody of his family. The museum’s records state that the drawing has a Merivale provenance.
- Associated People & Organisations
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 1954, P.399, 53
- James Leslie Wright (1862 - 1953), Warwick, 2 August 1938, GBP 25
- The Fine Art Society, London, London, June 1935
- Squire Gallery, London, 1935, GBP 14
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- An Exhibition of Early English Water-Colour Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1935, no. 44 as 'Mountain Scene Ex Merivale'
- Exhibition of Early English Water-colours from the Collection of J.Leslie Wright Esq. and Walter Turner Esq., City Art Gallery, 1938, no. 37
- Exhibition of Masters of British Water-Colour (17th-19th Centuries) The J. Leslie Wright Collection, Royal Academy, 1949, no. 137
- Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 51
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