Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Tree Study
ca. 1780 - 1790
Pencil, pen and light and dark brown inks
  • image width 157mm,
  • image length 91mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne delt”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Chorley’s image, 2011


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 (BP231a); a member of the Merivale family offered it for sale (one lot with FT387 and FT804) at Sotheby’s on 7 July 2011. It did not sell and was offered for sale again at Chorley’s of Cheltenham on 10 November 2011, lot 45.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 10 November 2011
Chorley's, Cheltenham, 10 November 2011, lot 45
Sotheby's, London, London, 7 July 2011
One lot with FT387 and FT804. Unsold
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP231a
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP231a
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


This study of a silver birch tree probably dates from the later 1780s or 1790s.

by Richard Stephens

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