Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape
Pencil (?), watercolour
  • image width 197mm,
  • image length 260mm
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / delt 1800”
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Barton Place catalogue; Agnew’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. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP240b) and gave it in 1921 to their nephew Philip Merivale (1886–1946), from whom it passed to Mrs E. W. Evans (née Merivale, sister of John Merivale of 54 Eaton Square, London), who sold it (with FT073, FT405) on 1 December 1965 to Agnew’s (no.5729). On 27 October 1966 Agnew’s sold it to a private collector, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 27 October 1966
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1 December 1965, no.5729
Mrs E. W. Evans, London, November 1965
Philip Merivale (1886 - 1946), 1921
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP240b
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP240b
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


This is perhaps another view of Hampstead (also FT621), on the heath with Harrow in the distance, or else perhaps a Devon moorland view. Oppé’s note reads: “240(b) 1800 on bad[?] paper. L inscd & hatched = 210(b).”1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.

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