Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Edinburgh Castle
Pencil, watercolour
  • image height 172mm,
  • image width 254mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.2 / Edinburgh Castle / August 14h.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 12 November 1991, lot 11, for £5,500 and offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 31 March 1999, lot 111. It was also offered for sale at Christie’s South Kensington, 5 December 2013, lot 103.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 5 December 2013
Christie's, London, London, 5 December 2013, lot 103
Sotheby's, London, London, 31 March 1999, lot 111
Private Collection, 12 November 1991, GBP 5500
Christie's, London, London, 12 November 1991, lot 11
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


This is a view of the castle from the Old Town.

by Richard Stephens

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