- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- A View of Machynlleth
- Mackynlleth in ditto [ie North Wales]
- Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
- image width 215mm,
- image length 280mm
- mounted by the artist on paper with an indistinct watermark
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “No10 / F.Towne delt June 28. 1777”
- artist's mount, verso
- “No.10 / A View of Machynlleth North Wales / drawn by Francis Towne”
- Object Type
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 (“Machynllyth June 1777 framed JAM”, no BP number given, listed between FT521 and FT533). The drawing remained with the Merivales until at least 1932, when it was exhibited, and perhaps until Judith Merivale’s death in 1945, as no note of its sale exists in the Barton Place catalogue. On 11 January 1961 it was bought by Agnew’s (no.1030) from Mrs L. S. Robinson (see also 102) and on 15 March 1961 it was bought by the current owner, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
- Associated People & Organisations
- Fitzwilliam Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 15 March 1961, PD.4-1961
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, 11 January 1961, no.1030
- L. S. Robinson, 1961
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, no BP number given
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, no BP number given
- 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. 26 as 'Mackynlleth in ditto [ie North Wales]'
- Loan Exhibition of Works by Early Devon Painters Born Before the Year 1800, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1932, no. 119
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 130
- Henry Penruddocke Wyndham, A Tour Through Monmouthshire and Wales Made in the Months of June and July 1774 and in the months of June, July and August 1777: Salisbury, 1781, pp. 104-105
- 1 Wyndham 1781, pp.104–5.
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