Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Maentwrog
  • Mantanogg
No date
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour with gum, scratching out
  • image width 278mm,
  • image length 217mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F. Towne / delt [scratching out] No.20”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “North Wales / No.20 a View near Manturogg drawn on / the Spot by Francis Towne”
  • with an erased area
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)


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 granddaughter Frances Ann Laura Solly (b.1858) owned the drawing before it was acquired by Agnes Lupton (1874–1950) and Norman Darnton Lupton (1875–1953) of Hyde Crook, Dorchester, Dorset, who bequeathed it to the current owner, Leeds City Art Gallery (13.201/53). Possibly Frances Solly had inherited the drawing from her sister Emily Buckingham (1853–1923).

Associated People & Organisations

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1953, 13.201/53
Norman Darnton Lupton (1875 - 1953), Dorchester
Agnes Lupton (1874 - 1950), Dorchester
[?] Frances Ann Laura Solly (1858 - alive in 1932), 1923
Perhaps inherited from her sister Emily Buckingham (1853–1923)
[?] Emily Harriet Buckingham (1853 - 1923), 1915
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. 25 as 'Mantanogg in ditto [ie North Wales]'
Watercolours and Drawings from the City Art Gallery, Leeds, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1960, no. 43
The Lupton Collection, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1972, no. 74
Still Waters... Watercolours from Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1995, no. 10
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 131
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Art Calendar, No. 26: Leeds, 1954, p. 10


Maentwrog is on the south side of the vale of Tan y Bwlch, near Ffestiniog.

In a note Paul Oppé stated that the date was erased from both the front and the back (presumably the mount) of this work.1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records.

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