Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Werrington Park
Date
1799
Medium
Pen and ink, watercolour
Support
two sheets, the larger with a vertical crease down its centre
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne. delt / 1799”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Werrington Park”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT610
Description Sources
Agnew’s records (image); Paul Oppé notes

Provenance

This is probably BP224, 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 BP224 in May 1915. On 12 April 1946 this drawing was sold by Judith Merivale’s executors to Agnew’s (no.4545), where on 17 March 1947 it was sold for £70 to Mrs Eustace Palmer of Fencewood House, Hermitage, Newbury, in whose family it remained in 1971 but is thereafter untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Eustace Palmer, Newbury, 17 March 1947, GBP 70
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 12 April 1946, no.4545
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, [?] BP224
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, [?] BP224
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 4 or 5 as 'In Werington Park'
[?] 74th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1947, no. 47

Comment

Paul Oppé’s note of BP224 reads: “224 Large Werrington Park 1799. Green down foregrd, blue distances. L.heavy ugly trees ink not contour but accent. Very bright yellows & blues. Ink thro’out but all in compar. large strokes.”1 The two sheets of this drawing are surely an indication of it having a large size, and its date corresponds with BP224. Agnew’s records describe the Palmer Werrington as being dated 1799 and as having a Merivale provenance.

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

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

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