Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Windsor Castle from a Lane near Clewer
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 172mm,
  • image width 254mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No2. / Windsor Castle / From a Lane near Clewer / Septr. 10th. 1811 / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1811 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Christie's records (image)


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. It descended to Merivale’s granddaughter Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale, d.1909) within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732, and thereafter within her family, until it was sold at Christie’s on 7 April 1992, lot 69, to the collector who offered it for sale at Christie’s on 18 November 2004, lot 96, where it did not sell.

Associated People & Organisations

Christie's, London, London, 18 November 2004, lot 96
Private Collection, 7 April 1992
Christie's, London, London, 7 April 1992, lot 69
Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale) (? - 1909)
Within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


Clewer was a village just east of Windsor. Towne’s view is from The Goswells field looking east. FT730 and FT744 were drawn nearby.


by Richard Stephens

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