Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Fordland
Pen and ink, wash
  • image height 108mm,
  • image width 184mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “From 5 minutes after 11 to ¼ of 12 O’clock light from the right hand. Fordland August 19-1815. Light from the left hand.”
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Museum 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 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. By 1947 Colnaghi (no.A14916) had acquired the drawing from the art dealer Hans Maximilian Calmann (1899–1982) of Perridge House, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and on 13 November 1947 they sold it to Gilbert Davis (1899–1983), who sold it in 1959 to the present owner, the Huntington Library, San Marino, California (59.55.1269).

Associated People & Organisations

Huntington Library, San Marino, California, San Marino, 1959, 59.55.1269
Gilbert Davis (1899 - 1983), 13 November 1947
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 1947, no.A14916
Hans Maximilian Calmann (1899 - 1982), Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
[?] 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
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 138


Fordland was an estate belonging to James White, a leading lawyer of Exeter and perhaps Towne’s closest and most influential Exeter friend.

by Richard Stephens

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