Pen and grey ink and brown wash, watermark 'J WHATMAN'
12 ½ × 18 inches · 318 × 457 mm
Signed, inscribed, dated and numbered: ‘No 2 Lake of Albano/Evening Sun behind the trees on the left/hand/july the 10th 1781/Francis Towne’ and further inscribed: ‘A copy of this painted on canvas [sic] the same size for James Curtis Esq. 1784’ (on the verso)
James White (1744-1825), Exeter, by bequest from the above in 1816;
John Herman Merivale (1779-1844), Barton Place, Exeter, by reversion as residuary legatee on White’s death in 1825;
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853-1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860-1945), grand-daughters of the above, Oxford, by descent May 1915, (Barton Place inventory no. 23);
Squire Gallery, acquired from Judith Ann Merivale, 1933 for £6 10s;
Leonard G Duke, acquired from the above, February 1934, for 16 ½ gns (D105);
Nigel Warren QC (1912-67), acquired from the above, November 1955, £200;
And by descent to 2002;
Private collection, USA, 2014.
Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century, Festival of Britain, 1951, no. 188.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat., Exeter, Festival of Britain, 1951, no. 188.