Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Powderham
Pencil, pen and ink, [?] wash
  • image width 229mm,
  • image length 330mm
paper has creasemark and is watermarked with a fleur de lis in shield design, with "VDL"
  • verso
  • "Powderham", dated "1774" and numbered "21"
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Notebooks and papers of Paul Oppé (1878-1957), private collection

Barton Place catalogue, archives of Thomas Agnew & Sons


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it reverted 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 drawings in May 1915 (BP172). On 28 January 1937 Judith Merivale sold the drawing for £30 with FT038, FT039, FT062, FT287, FT379, and FT438 to Agnew’s (no.2286), from whom it was acquired by Hon. Patrick Balfour (on, according to Agnew’s, 14 June 1937), whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Thomas Agnew & Sons
Hon Patrick Balfour
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945)
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928)
James White (1744 - 1825)
Exhibition History
[?] Annual Water Colour Exhibition 1926, The Judge's Lodgings, Winchester, 1926, no. 121 as 'Powderham'
Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour & Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1937, no. 115


Paul Oppé’s note reads:

172. Same paper & wmk but VDL in place of GR mk. The fleur de lys in shield – fold. size as 171 [FT044]. Trees over water, castle nearly L. then distance. Water & boats in pencil only. Darker ind ink, more definitely for shadows. Clouds in pencil. Considering trees more distance, foliage rather less formal, cattle etc. Dull flat compn. Rows of tree.1

See the Comment at FT043.

by Richard Stephens


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

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