Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Tivoli
Date
1781/05/21
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, grey wash
Dimensions
  • image height 253mm,
  • image length 191mm
Support
right edge irregular
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “No35 / Tivoli May 21 1781 / Francis Towne”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT268
Description Sources
Examination; Museum 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 (BP12). Judith Merivale sold it to Squire Gallery on 19 March 1935 for £4 10s. It was probably bought there by Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861–1943) for his son Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir (1888–1957), who sold it to Agnew’s (no.4001) on 26 October 1944 for £35. On 5 October 1945 Agnew’s sold it to Spink & Son for £42 10s. 6d. By 1951 it was owned by Gilbert Davis (1899–1983), who had probably acquired it from Spink, to whom he sold it on 21 January 1953. On 31 July 1953 Spink sold it for £65 to the present owner, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (47/1953).

Associated People & Organisations

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, 21 July 1953, GBP 65, 47/1953
Spink & Son, London, London, 31 July 1953
Gilbert Davis (1899 - 1983), 1951
Spink & Son, London, London, 5 October 1945, GBP 42 10s. 6d
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 26 October 1944, GBP 35, no.4001
Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir (1888 - 1957)
[?] Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861 - 1943)
Squire Gallery, London, 19 March 1935, GBP 4.10s
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP12
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP12
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
[?] 73rd Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1946, no. 73
74th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1947, no. 54
Annual Exhibition of Watercolours, Spink & Sons, 1948
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 29
Paintings and Drawings by Francis Towne and John White Abbott in the collection of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1971, no. 10
Francis Towne & John White Abbott: Paintings and Watercolours from the Exeter Museums and Art Gallery, Marble Hill House, 1973, no. 10
Bibliography
Jane C. Baker, Catalogue of Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Sculpture, Exeter Museums: Exeter, 1978, pp. 118-119
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 80, 133

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