Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Warwick Castle
Date
1813/08/27
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 175mm,
  • image width 514mm
Support
two sheets
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “from half-past 3 to 6 o’clock, August 27. 1813”, according to a 1953 letter from Walker’s Galleries (Agnew’s archives); however, Christie’s in 2003 gave the inscription as “Warwick Castle Aug 27.1813. / Francis Towne”, though implying it was not in Towne’s hand
Part of
  • 1813 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT756
Description Sources
Examination; Christie's records (image); Agnew's records

Provenance

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 (1745–1844) 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 as part of a sketchbook containing FT752 to FT764, which they sold in 1927 to Walker’s Galleries for £60. It is thereafter untraced until its sale at Christie’s by “a lady” on 5 June 2003, lot 53, for £5,500, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Christie's, London, London, 5 June 2003, lot 53
Walker's Galleries, London, 1927, GBP 60
Within a sketchbook containing FT752 to FT764.
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
Exhibition History
24th Annual Exhibition of Early English Watercolours, Walker's Galleries, 1928, no. 79

Comment

In the Agnew’s card-index file two Warwick subjects are mentioned as having been on sale at Walker’s Galleries in 1944, but Walker himself does not mention a second work in his 1953 letter that lists all the Towne drawings he had ever sold.

by Richard Stephens

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