Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Tavistock
  • Figures and Cattle in a Lane near Tavistock
Date
1815
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 140mm,
  • image width 229mm
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT767
Description Sources
Christie's records (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 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 13 February 1939 Agnew’s (no.2689) sold this drawing for £10 10s. to Norman Dakeyne Newall (1888–1952), whose executors sold it at Christie’s on 13 December 1979, lot 72, for £2,600.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 13 December 1979, GBP 2600
Christie's, London, London, 13 December 1979, lot 72
Norman Dakeyne Newall (1888 - 1952), 13 February 1939, GBP 10.10s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60, no.2689
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

Comment

The drawing appears to have no inscription but was sold in 1979 as Figures and Cattle in a Lane near Tavistock and was catalogued by Agnew’s in 1938 as “At Tavistock”, with a date of 29 August and coming second in the list of twenty-three drawings from the sketchbook.

by Richard Stephens

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