Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Looking towards Castello Madamo
ca. 1781/04/22
Pencil, pen and ink, grey, blue and brown washes
  • image width 229mm,
  • image length 317mm
watermarked with a Strasbourg Lily design
  • sheet, verso
  • “April 22nd, 1781 / Light coming from the Right side view, sun from out of the picture / Francis Towne and Looking Towards Castello Madamo / No.4”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

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. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP6). Judith Merivale sold it in August 1932 to Emily Norrie (perhaps 1891–1973) of Pequot Avenue, New London, Connecticut, for £50. On 21 April 1971 it was sold at Parke Benet, New York, on 21 April 1971, lot 181 for $175 to Agnew’s (no.0592), who sold it on 2 January 1973 to a collector (who died in 1996). In 1997 it was acquired by Gerald Bauer (see also 298), who sold it at Christie’s on 22 January 2003, lot 7, for £17,925 including fees to an anonymous buyer.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 22 January 2003, GBP 17925
Christie's, London, London, 22 January 2003, lot 7
Gerald Bauer, 1997
Private Collection, 2 January 1973
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 21 April 1971, USD 175, no.0592
Parke Benet Galleries, New York, 21 April 1971, lot 181
Emily Norrie (1891 - 1973), New London, Connecticut, August 1932, GBP 50
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP6
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP6
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
100th Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1973, no. 15
L'Age d'Or de l'Aquarelle Anglais 1770-1900, Fondation de l'Hermitage, 1999, no. 12
Gerald Bauer, Le Siecle d'Or de L'Aquarelle Anglaise, Biblioth: Paris, 1998, p. 44


This is a view of Castello Madamo somewhere between the viewpoints of FT246 and FT247.

by Richard Stephens

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