Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Windsor Castle
Date
ca. 1812 - 1815
Medium
Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 103mm,
  • image width 177mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “from 10 to 11 o clock”
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT744
Description Sources
Examination; Christie's records (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 within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751. Probably the book was among the “two small sketchbooks and five small drawings late in date” that Judith Merivale sold to Squire Gallery in 1945 for £50. Around 1945 or 1946 this drawing was sold by the Fine Art Society to Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 5 June 2003, lot 49, for £3,800 to Maurice Dear. John Spink offered it for sale in November 2005 for £22,000.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
John Spink, London, November 2005, GBP 22000
Maurice Dear, 5 June 2003, GBP 3800
Christie's, London, London, 5 June 2003, lot 49
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 1945, GBP 26.5s
[?] The Fine Art Society, London, London, 1945
[?] Squire Gallery, London, 1945, GBP 50
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 19
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 141
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, p. 9

Comment

This is a view of the castle from Clewer, from where Towne made two views in 1811 (FT729, FT730).

by Richard Stephens

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