Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Werrington Park
Date
No date
Medium
Watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 182mm,
  • image length 232mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne / delt”
  • in grey ink, the second line partially cut off
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “This drawing done on the Spot / in Werington Park / in the County of Devon / by / Francis Towne”
  • in dark brown ink
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT589a
Description Sources
Examination

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 (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 (no BP number is recorded). Judith Merivale gave it to her niece, Patricia Rawlins, who bequeathed it to the current owner.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Patricia Rawlins
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
Bibliography
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 125

Comment

In a note Oppé mentioned this work in passing when referring to its then owner: “212 Wemworthy 1796. Light & fragile. blue & green. No outline. pure flimsy watercolour of Peamore. (another Mrs. Rawlins has)”. In his article Oppé calls the drawing “a queer mosaic of flimsy transparent colour”.1

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915; Oppé 1920, p.125.

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