Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Two Rhines
from the same series as drawings on paper of ca. 280 x 465 mm watermarked “C&I HONIG”
  • sheet, verso
  • “Two Rhines”, dated 30 August 1781, and numbered “22”
  • and probably containing a note of its commission by John Short on 6 February 1788 for 8 guineas

A View of the Junction of the Two Rhines
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Barton Place Catalogue


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 (BP67, Two Rhines 30 Aug No.22). In September 1934 Judith Merivale sold it to Squire Gallery for £6 6s., whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Squire Gallery, September 1934, GBP 6 6s
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP67
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP67
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
[?] John Jeffrey Short (1753 - 1801), Bickham, Minehead, Somerset, 6 February 1788


The two main sources of the Rhine, the Hinterrhein and the Vorderrhein, meet at the town of Rheichenau. Evidently the 1789 work A View of the Junction of the two Rhynes between Tusus and Coire in the Grisons (FT559) was based on this drawing and was commissioned by John Short of Bickham, as a note by Oppé records that on 6 February 1788 “John Short Esqre ordered Italian No.31 [i.e. BP31] & Swiss 67 8gns each”, which information he must have recorded from the source drawings.

by Richard Stephens

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