Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Tothill
Date
1815/08/31
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 140mm,
  • image width 229mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.5. / Tothill / From 11–12 oclock Aug.31st 1815 / Francis Towne [?]”
  • in brown ink, showing through to the recto
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT769
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. 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 4 March 1939 Agnew’s (no.2691) sold this drawing to Major Leonard Maurice Edward Dent (1888–1987) for £10. It was on sale again at Agnew’s in 1973, where it was bought by George Goyder (1908–1997), whose heirs sold it at Christie’s on 20 November 2003, lot 52, for £6,000, presumably to John Spink, who sold it in 2005 (the price advertised was £31,000).

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
John Spink, 2005
Christie's, London, London, 20 November 2003, lot 52
George Goyder (1908 - 1997), 1973
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1973
Major Leonard Maurice Edward Dent (1888 - 1987), GBP 10
Agnew's sold this drawing to Major Leonard Maurice Edward Dent.
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60, no.2691
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
Exhibition History
100th Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1973, no. 20
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 20

Comment

Tothill is an area north-east of Plymouth.1

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Donn 1965, pl.10a.

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