Francis Towne

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Francis Towne
1740?-1816
Rydal Cragg, Loffrigg
Pen and brown ink, watercolor, over some graphite, on two sheets of paper pasted together vertically.
6 1/8 x 18 1/2 inches (156 x 469 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Viscount Astor.
1974.70

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Inscribed by the artist variously on verso: at top in pen and brown ink, "No 7"; in pen and brown ink over graphite, "B Rydal Cragg or[?]"; in graphite, "Loffrigg".

Provenance: 
John Merivale, friend of the artist; his daughter Judith Ann Merivale (1860-1945), Oxford; purchased by Squire Gallery, London, 1945; H.B. Milling (d. 1954); possibly by descent to Mrs. William Spooner; Stephen Somerville, London.
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Seventeenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972-1974. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976, p. 183.
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne, London, 1962, 149.

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Watermark: none.
This drawing comes from a partially disbound sketchbook once owned by Judith Ann Merivale (1860-1945) of Oxford, who was the daughter of Towne's residuary legatee, J. H. Merivale.

Associated names: 

Merivale, John Herman, 1779-1844, former owner.
Merivale, Judith Ann, 1860-1945, former owner.
Milling, H. B., d. 1954, former owner.
Spooner, William, Mrs., former owner.
Somerville, Stephen, former owner.
Astor, William Waldorf, 1951- donor.

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