- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Tree Study
- ca. 1812 - 1815
- pencil, pen and grey ink, grey wash
- paper with stitch marks along the left edge and (towards the top and centre) red and brown fragments which may be the remnants of book covers
- Object Type
- Monochrome wash
- Catalogue Number
This sketch was acquired by D L J Perkins (also FT635, FT766, FT782, FT784 and FT785a) and it remains in a private collection. The 20th century dealer's mount is inscribed 'ex coll. Merivale' and, given the dimensions of the sheet and the compatibility of its style with other sheets from the book, it is very likely this was once part of the 1812-15 sketchbook. The book was probably one of the "two small sketchbooks and five small drawings (late)" that Judith Merivale sold to the Squire Gallery in 1945 for £50 (as at least one of its drawings was purchased from the gallery around that time), but many pages from the book were on sale at the Fine Art Society in 1946. D L J Perkins's documented purchases of Townes were made at Agnew's between 1939 and 1944, meaning that he was active at the same time that the sketchbook was dispersed.
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