Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Tivoli, an Evening Study
Pencil (?), pen and ink, wash
  • image width 222mm,
  • image length 318mm
  • verso
  • “Tivoli, An Evening Study” (?), numbered “30”, and dated 22nd May
  • based on the Barton Place catalogue
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Barton Place catalogue; Paul Oppé notes


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 (BP13). On 5 March 1936 (May 1936 according to the Barton Place catalogue) Judith Merivale sold it to Agnew’s (no.1864) for £6 and on the same day they sold it to Oliver Quibell of Newark (1863–1945) for £9 9s., whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Oliver Quibell (1863 - 1945), Newark, 5 March 1936, GBP 9.9s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 5 March 1936, GBP 6
Barton Place catalogue suggests May 1936
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP13
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP13
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


Oppé described this drawing thus: “Fine prepared 8.75x12.5. Thin outline, loose. Blotting loose . . ., atmospheric idea. trees & road. Like some Devonshire also Cozens as fluid wash.”1

This is one of five sketches Towne is known to have made on 22 May (along with FT270FT272FT273FT274). Judging by its inscription as “An Evening Study”, it was the last of these to have been made.

by Richard Stephens


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

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