Francis Towne (1739 - 1816) Richard Wilson (1713/14 - 1782)
  • Castle of Ischia
No date
Pencil, watercolour
  • image height 197mm,
  • image width 273mm
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne / delt”
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. It descended to Francis Temple-West, the second husband of Blanche Liddell whose first husband, John William Merivale (1887–1916), was Merivale’s great-grandson. On 18 June 1956 Temple-West sold it to Agnew’s (no.8339) with FT096, FT566, FT603, FT631, where it was bought on 14 January 1957 for £150 by a collector who sold it at Christie’s on 10 July 1984, lot 191, whereafter it is untraced. Just possibly this is BP261, Copy of Engraving signed, although see also FT809.

Associated People & Organisations

Christie's, London, London, 10 July 1984, lot 191
Private Collection, 14 January 1957, GBP 150
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 18 June 1956, no.8339
Francis Temple West, June 1956
Blanche Liddell
John William Merivale (1887 - 1916)
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


This drawing is a version of plate 5 of Twelve Original Views in Italy, drawn by Richard Wilson, etched by Joseph Farington, Rooker, &c. &c. published by J & J Boydell (London, 1776).1 Towne’s version lacks the figures and has a slightly enlarged foreground. It is one of four copies from the book drawn by Towne and his pupils (FT843, FT851, FT860).

Etching on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper

Figure 1.
Richard Wilson, Twelve Etchings of Views in Italy, ca. 1755, Etching on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper

Digital image courtesy of Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B1977.14.21011(i)

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 See Paul Spencer-Longhurst (ed.) Richard Wilon Online, E40, (London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2014)

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