Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Near Glarus
ca. 1781
Pen and ink, grey wash
  • image width 150mm,
  • image length 205mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Near Glarus”, dated 2 September, and numbered “45”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Agnew's records; 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 granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP72). On 11 September 1935 (the Barton Place catalogue states January 1936) Judith Merivale sold it for £3 to Agnew’s (no.1785), who sold it the same day for £5 to Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861–1943), who gave it to the current owner, the Cooper Art Gallery, Barnsley (Inv. 5). The museum’s records state that it was bequeathed to them by Sadler in 1932, however. It is not clear how these incompatible facts might be resolved.

Associated People & Organisations

Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, Inv. 5
Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861 - 1943), 11 September 1935, GBP 5
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 11 September 1935, GBP 3, no. 1785
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP72
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP72
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


All of the Glarus drawings are on large paper except the one catalogued here.

by Richard Stephens

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