Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape, Perhaps at Aberddwlas
  • Aberddwla in North Wales
Pencil (?), pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 216mm,
  • image length 279mm
  • sheet, recto
  • “No10 F.Towne delt June 23 1777”
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Description Sources
Paul Oppé records


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 (BP104b), whereafter it is untraced (although the absence from the Barton Place catalogue of a note indicating its sale or gift by Judith Merivale may mean that it remained in her possession until death).

Associated People & Organisations

Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP104b
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP104b
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. 24 as 'Aberddwla in North Wales'


Paul Oppé’s note of this drawing reads: “104b – Framed. No10 F.Towne delt June 23 1777 8½ x 11 [216 x 279 mm]. Very lake like pretty. faint outline v good comps of green, blues brown. Scarcely any grey. Blue bright. Outline in cloud but not followed. yellow in sky[?].”1 See also the Comment at FT073.

by Richard Stephens


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

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