Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • The Exe from below Topsham
  • image width 210mm,
  • image length 320mm
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F Towne / delt. 1799”
  • sheet, verso
  • “The Exe below Topsham”
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Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Agnew’s records (image); Barton Place catalogue


This drawing was 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 (BP231b), and before Judith Merivale’s death it was given it to their nephew Charles Herman Merivale (1879–pre-1962). It was later the property of Francis Temple-West, the second husband of Blanche Liddell whose first husband, John William Merivale (1887–1916), was Charles Herman Merivale’s brother. On 27 February 1956 Temple-West sold it to Agnew’s (no.8337) with FT096, FT566, FT631, FT803, and on 15 January 1957 they sold it for £90 to a collector, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 27 February 1956, no.8337
Acquired with FT096, FT566, FT631, FT803
Francis Temple West
Blanche Liddell
John William Merivale (1887 - 1916)
Charles Herman Merivale
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP231b
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP231b
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
83rd Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1957, no. 27


Topsham is a town at the top of the Exe estuary, traditionally a trading rival with Exeter. Hatchings on the foliage at the right of this picture are similar to the foliage in the Canonteign of 1789 (FT560) and the Kensington Gardens of 1797 (FT591).

by Richard Stephens

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