Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Five Miles on the Road from Rome to Tivoli
  • Between Rome and Tivoli
Pencil, pen and grey ink, grey wash, touches of watercolour
  • image width 180mm,
  • image length 240mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “April 26 1781 / 5 miles on the road from Rome to Tivoli”
  • sheet, verso
  • numbered “12”
  • according to Agnew’s records
Object Type

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


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 (BP10). Judith Merivale sold it to Dr Robert Alfred Worthington (1878–1945) of Exeter on 4 August 1932, for £8 8s. It is threafter untraced apart from its sale at Sotheby’s on 13 November 1997, lot 15—although see FT254.

Associated People & Organisations

Sotheby's, London, London, 13 November 1997, lot 15
Dr Robert Alfred Worthington (1878 - 1945), Exeter, 4 August 1932, GBP 8.8s
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP10
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP10
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Loan Exhibition of Works by Early Devon Painters Born Before the Year 1800, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1932, no. 106
[?] 72nd Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1945, no. 38 as 'Between Rome and Tivoli'

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