Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Exeter landscape
ca. 1812 - 1815
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Fine Art Society records; 1981 Leger catalogue


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 within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751. Probably the book was among the “two small sketchbooks and five small drawings late in date” that Judith Merivale sold to Squire Gallery in 1945 for £50. It was on sale at the Fine Art Society in 1946 and was sold by them on 23 January 1946 to Agnew’s (no.4402), where on 28 February 1946 it was bought for £36 15s. by Hon. Sir James Cochran Stevenson Runciman (1903–2000), whereafter it is untraced (Runciman’s niece and executor, Ann Shukman, states that he probably gave it away prior to 1964, the date of the earliest written valuation of his picture collection).

Associated People & Organisations

Sir James Cochran Stevenson Runciman (1903 - 2000), 28 February 1946, GBP 36.15s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 23 January 1946, no.4402
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 1946
[?] Squire Gallery, London, 1945, GBP 50
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Winter Exhibition of Early English Watercolours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1946, no. 121 as 'Exeter Landscape'


An Exeter Landscape was exhibited at the Fine Art Society in 1946. The 1981 Leger Galleries catalogue (where FT741 was for sale) identified this exhibit as coming from the 1812–1815 sketchbook, but on what grounds are unknown.

by Richard Stephens

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