Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • At Plymouth
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 140mm,
  • image width 229mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.8 from 5 to 6 O’clock at Plymouth 31 Aug 1815”
  • and signed
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
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. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786, which they gave to their cousin Mary Ann Loveband (b.1865, alive in 1951), who sold the book to Agnew’s on 17 May 1938 for £60. In 1939 it was bought there by D. Cuthbert, who (or whose heirs) sold it at Christie’s on 11 November 1858, lot 170 (a pair with FT781), for £130 the pair jointly to the Fine Art Society and Agnew’s (Agnew’s no.J9531, Fine Art Society no.6684). On 1 December 1958 they sold it for £140 to Joseph Hawksley Elliot of Sheffield (d. ca. 1978), the Fine Art Society receiving its half share of £70 from Agnew’s on 20 May 1959. Elliot’s daughter sold the drawing at Christie’s on 14 March 1978, lot 96, for £2,300 to Leger Galleries.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Leger Galleries, London, 14 March 1978, GBP 2300
Christie's, London, London, 14 March 1978, lot 96
Joseph Hawksley Elliot (1884 - 1978), Sheffield, 1 December 1958, GBP 140
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 11 November 1958, GBP 130, no.6684
Acquired jointly with Agnew's.
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 11 November 1958, GBP 130, no.J9531
Acquired jointly with the Fine Art Society.
Christie's, London, London, 11 November 1958, lot 170
D. Cuthbert, 1939
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60
Mary Ann Loveband (1865 - alive in 1951)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
English Watercolours, Leger Galleries, 1978, no. 12


This is a view on the outskirts of Plymouth with the tower of St Andrew’s Church prominent.

by Richard Stephens

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