Description
Creator
Merivale Richard Wilson (1713/14 - 1782)
Title(s)
  • Temple of Hercules
  • Continental lake scene
Date
1805
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • signed and dated “1805”
Object Type
Unknown

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT881d
Description Sources
Gorringes records

Provenance

Sold at Gorringes, 27 July 2004, lot 971.

Associated People & Organisations

Gorringes
Untraced

Comment

This was sold as a “continental lake scene”, but it is clearly a version of Wilson’s painting, well known through the engraving by M. Rooker ca. 1776. Another of Towne’s pupils made a copy that Towne himself inscribed as being copied “from a drawing of Francis Towne’s” (FT860), and the immediate source for this drawing may well be the same, especially as it is drawn in a style close to Towne’s and diverges from the engraving in certain details (such as the mountain in the background whose peak is more dramatic, and the absence of people). 

Gorringes attributed this drawing to Elizabeth Heath Merivale, but that is a problem as she was John Herman Merivale’s daughter, born in 1822. Could this be something that she owned rather than created?

by Richard Stephens

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