Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • The Firth of Forth with the Island of Inchkeith
Date
1811/08/17
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 172mm,
  • image width 254mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “9 / Firth of Forth with the Island of Inishkeith / in Fifeshire Edinburgh August 17 1811 / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1811 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT727
Description Sources
Examination; 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. It descended to Merivale’s granddaughter Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale, d.1909) within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732, and thereafter within her family, until it was offered for sale at Christie’s on 9 November 1993, lot 30, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Christie's, London, London, 9 November 1993, lot 30
Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale) (? - 1909)
Within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816

Comment

This view is just north of Edinburgh around Leith, with the countryside of Fife visible on the far shore.

by Richard Stephens

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