Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A Lane in the Village of Heavitree, near Exeter
ca. 1791
Pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 197mm,
  • image length 159mm
  • sheet, recto
  • on the cottage wall: “White”
  • sheet, verso
  • “A Lane in the Village of Heavitree, near Exeter”
  • and signed
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Agnew’s records (image); Sotheby’s records


Untraced until sold by W. M. Smith at Sotheby’s, 15 July 1964, lot 49, to Colnaghi for £820. It was acquired by Derek Lockett of Clonterbrook House, Cheshire, and sold by the Clonterbrook Trustees at Sotheby’s on 27 June 1968, lot 145, to Agnew’s (no.8537), who bought it on behalf of a collector, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 27 July 1968, no.8537
Acquired on behalf of a collector, whereafter it is untraced.
Sotheby's, London, London, 27 July 1968, lot 145
Derek Lockett ( - 1993), Cheshire, July 1968
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, 15 July 1964
Sotheby's, London, London, 15 July 1964, GBP 820, lot 49
W. M. Smith, July 1964
Exhibition History
96th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colours and Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1969, no. 1


Heavitree was a village just east of Exeter where Towne and his wife are buried. The composition here, with its foliage overhanging a wall, has recollections of Rome (for example FT187). 

Although this drawing is undated, it may have been drawn around the same time as a 1791 view of Exeter (FT568). The subjects are near one another, are treated in much the same way, and are on paper of the same size. Neither appears to have a Merivale provenance.

by Richard Stephens

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