Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Sources of the Rhine
  • The Source of the Rhine
ca. 1781
from the same series as drawings on paper of ca. 280 x 465 mm watermarked “C&I HONIG”
  • sheet, verso
  • “Sources of the Rhine” and “afternoon”, dated 29 August 1781, and numbered “16”

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Barton Place catalogue


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 (BP61, Sources of the Rhine afternoon Aug 29 No.16). In February 1934 Judith Merivale sold it for £8 to Agnew’s (no.11568), where on 2 February it was sold to Ruth Frances Darwin (1882/1883–1972, from 1948 Mrs William Rees-Thomas) for £12 12s., whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Mrs William Rees-Thomas, 1948
Ruth Frances Darwin (1882/83 - 1972), 2 February 1934, GBP 12.12s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, February 1934, GBP 8, no.11568
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP61
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP61
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Annual Exhibition of Water-Colours & Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1934, no. 79, as 'The Source of the Rhine'


The drawing is described thus by Paul Oppé: “61 a mountain sketch not a picture. Rocks & trees R Road & over it two peaks. Pine trees left very loose might be reprodd.”1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.

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