Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Aberglaslyn
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour
  • image width 263mm,
  • image length 375mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne delt 1795”
  • in brown ink
  • artist's mount, verso
  • signed and dated “1795”
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Agnew’s records (image); Sotheby’s records; Examination


Presumably bought or commissioned from the artist by Arthur Harington Champernowne (1768–1819), as his great-grandson Arthur Melville Champernowne (1871–1946; see Comment at FT602) sold it at Sotheby’s on 9 June 1938 to G. D. Thompson for £26 (a group with FT298, FT312, FT313). By 1945 the drawing had been acquired by Walter James Redfern Turner of Solihull (1889–1945), whose estate offered it for sale at Sotheby’s on 2 June 1946 and again on 1 or 2 June 1948, when it was bought by Agnew’s for £125 and sold by them the following year to Mrs Hodgkinson. In 1999 the drawing was again on sale at Agnew’s and was offered for sale by John Spink in November 2005 for £38,000.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
John Spink, London, November 2005, GBP 38000
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1999
Mrs Hodgkinson, 1949
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, June 1948
Sotheby's, London, London, June 1948, GBP 125
Walter James Redfern Turner (1889 - 1945), Solihull, 1945
G. Douglas Thompson, 9 June 1938
Acquired in a group with FT298, FT312, and FT313.
Sotheby's, London, London, 9 June 1938, GBP 26
Arthur Melville Champernowne (1871 - 1946), June 1938
[?] Arthur Harington Champernowne (1768 - 1819)
Exhibition History
English Watercolours and Drawings: Agnew's 126th Annual Exhibition, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1999, no. 13
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 11


This is a view of Pont Aberglaslyn in North Wales. It is close to FT086, dated 9 July 1777, but is nevertheless a distinct view taken further from the bridge. Possibly it is based on FT087, no image of which is known, or else on another sketch, now lost.

The paper here is the same size as that used for another 1795 waterfall associated with Arthur Champernowne (FT584), which may also be a North Wales view.

by Richard Stephens

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