Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View in the Road near Llangollen
  • Banks of the Dee
Pen and ink, grey and blue washes
  • image width 241mm,
  • image length 305mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No38 July 17th 1777 / A View on the Road / Drawn on the spot by Francis Towne” and in pencil, “near Llangollen”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Paul Oppé records; Bonham’s website (accessed 15 June 2015)


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 (BP120) and they gave it in 1927 to Nina and Anna Nevins (Anna Nevins of Shaw Farm, Waterford, Connecticut, died unmarried in 1959; her sister was Marian Nevins McDowell [1856/1857–1956]; Anna Nevins’s heir, Lucretia Bingham, inherited no drawings by Towne; the Barton Place catalogue suggests that the Nevinses possessed one further, unidentified work, framed, although possibly this is a reference to the Llangollen sketch). It is untraced from that point until being offered for sale at Bonham’s in Los Angeles, USA, as the property of a private collection in Virginia, USA, on 29 June 2015, lot 7144.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 29 June 2015
Bonham's, Los Angeles, California, 29 June 2015, lot 7144
Private Collection, Virginia, USA
Nina Nevins, Waterford, Connecticut, 1927
Anna Nevins (? - 1959), Waterford, Connecticut, 1927
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP120
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP120
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 27, 28, 29 or 43 as 'Banks of the Dee'
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 108


Paul Oppé’s note reads: “120. 38. near Llangollen. July 17 1777 a view in the Road spot etc[?] nil on front. loosely greyed outlined trees, blue, grey distance with blues. 9½ x 12 [241 x 305 mm].”1 Oppé also remarks that FT101, which features the Castle of Dinas, shows almost the same view as this drawing.

by Richard Stephens


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

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