Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Werrington Park
Date
1779
Medium
Pen and brown and black inks, grey and brown washes
Dimensions
  • image height 336mm,
  • image length 482mm
Support
paper watermarked “VI”
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “Werrington Park / 79”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT612
Description Sources
Examination; Witt Library (image)

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 (BP266). On 3 August 1945 Judith Merivale sold it to Agnew’s for £30 with FT226, FT604, FT614. On 29 October 1945 it was bought there for £100 less £5 commission by Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973;), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 5 June 2003, lot 48, for £22,000, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 5 June 2003, GBP 22000
Christie's, London, London, 5 June 2003, lot 48
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), London, 29 October 1945, GBP 100
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 3 August 1945, GBP 30
Acquired with FT226, FT604, FT614
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP266
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP266
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Loan Exhibition of Works by Early Devon Painters Born Before the Year 1800, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1932, no. 69 as 'In Wellington Park (sepia)'
English Watercolours from Four Yorkshire Houses 1660-1860, Scarborough Art Gallery, 1950
unidentified exhibition, Oscar & Peter Johnson, 1963, no. 34
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 95, 140
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, p. 8

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