Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Trees and Rocks above Water
ca. 1786/08
Pencil, pen and (?)brown ink
  • image width 155mm,
  • image length 240mm
  • sheet, recto
  • “d” and “e” in pencil
Part of
  • Partially-disbound sketchbook sold by Judith Merivale to H. B. Milling of Squire Gallery
Object Type
Outline only

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Paul Oppé records


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


This drawing remained within the Cumberland sketchbook when Oppé made the following note: “Ink over pencil outline. Trees & rocks, water below. ?paper toned. Small pencil letters d & e.”1 This page of the sketchbook was after FT472 and before FT476. The inclusion of the letters d and e suggests that it may have been drawn as one part of a larger composition (where the letters a, b, and c would have appeared).

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.

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