Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • The Breidden Hills going from Shrewsbury to Welshpool
  • Malagolina (Moel-y-Golfa) Hills From Shrewsbury to Welch Pool
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 171mm,
  • image length 254mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Malagolean Hills going from Shrewsbury to Welch Pool morning light from the left hand Francis Towne Aug. 24th 1810”
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby's records (image)


Bequeathed by Francis Towne 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 within a sketchbook containing 689 to 714, much or all of which by 1963 was owned by Mr and Mrs Sutton of New Zealand. On 19 June 1963 they sold seventeen drawings from the book, including this one, to the Fine Art Society (no.7772) for £3,750. This drawing (no.7772/2) was sold for £557 15s. to Joseph Hawksley Elliot of Sheffield (d. ca. 1978). His daughter sold it at Christie’s on 14 March 1978, lot 92, for £2,600 to Leger Galleries. It was sold at Sotheby’s on 14 April 1994, lot 465, for £6,500, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 14 April 1994, GBP 6500
Sotheby's, London, London, 14 April 1994, lot 465
Leger Galleries, 14 March 1978
Christie's, London, London, 14 March 1978, GBP 2600, lot 92
Joseph Hawksley Elliot (1884 - 1978), Sheffield, GBP 557.15s
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 19 June 1963, GBP 3750, no.7772/2
Mr & Mrs Sutton, June 1963
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Early English Water-colours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1964, no. 81 as 'Malagolina (Moel-y-Golfa) Hills From Shrewsbury to Welch Pool'
English Watercolours, Leger Galleries, 1978, no. 8


Moel y Golfa is one of the peaks of the Breidden Hills on the Welsh border just east of Welshpool. Towne had drawn these hills on his 1809 summer excursion (FT633).

by Richard Stephens

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