Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Tree Trunks and Cottage
Date
ca. 1786/08
Medium
Pencil, pen and brown ink
Dimensions
  • image height 155mm,
  • image length 240mm
Part of
  • Partially-disbound sketchbook sold by Judith Merivale to H. B. Milling of Squire Gallery
Object Type
Outline only

Catalogue Number
FT476
Description Sources
Paul Oppé records

Provenance

Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death they 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 these three drawings in May 1915 within a partially disbound sketchbook containing FT455, FT462, FT470, FT471, FT472, FT475, FT476, FT477, FT478, FT480, FT494, FT495, FT496. In February 1945 Judith Merivale sold the book to H. B. Milling of Squire Gallery for £25, whereafter they are untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Horace Bernard Milling (1898 - 1954), London, February 1945, GBP 25
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816

Comment

This sketch remained in the Cumberland sketchbook when Oppé made the following brief note: “ink over pencil. Tree trunks & cottage through. No foliage, line uncertain & tired. Pencil line is very vague. Brown ink.” The back of the sheet was blank, with no inscription. It was on a sketchbook page after FT475 and before FT478.

by Richard Stephens

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