Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Waterfall at Chudleigh Rock
  • Waterfall in the Chudleigh Glen
Pencil, pen and brown and grey inks, watercolour, scratching out
  • image width 230mm,
  • image length 180mm
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne.delt / 1787”
  • in brown ink
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Description Sources
Examination; Sotheby’s records


The 12th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1889–1964) gave this to Harold and Margaret Michelmore on 21 October 1955. It was offered for sale at Bearne’s in Exeter on 15 January 1992, lot 85, and again at Bearnes on 9 March 1994, lot 690 (as Waterfall in the Chudleigh Glen), and was sold at Sotheby’s on 10 November 1994, lot 114, for £1,700, whereafter it is untraced. Lord Clifford’s ownership until 1955 means that the drawing probably originated in the collection of Hugh, 5th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1756–1793).

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 10 November 1994, GBP 1700
Sotheby's, London, London, 10 November 1994, lot 114
Bearne's, Exeter, 9 March 1994, lot 690
Bearne's, Exeter, 15 January 1992, lot 85
Harold Michelmore, 21 October 1955
Margaret Michelmore, 21 October 1955
Lewis Joseph Hugh Clifford (1889 - 1964)
[?] Hugh Edward Henry Clifford, 5th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1756 - 1793)
Exhibition History
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 73 or 74 as 'Waterfall, Chudleigh Glen. Signed and dated 1787. Lent by Lord Clifford of Chudleigh. Water colour. 9 x 7.25in'


This and the following drawing (FT541a) both show the same waterfall at Chudleigh rocks, with its sharp protruding rock to the left of the water. The same feature is evident in an 1844 lithograph by William Spreat of the scene. See also the Comment at FT573.

by Richard Stephens

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