Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View of Ludlow Castle, Shropshire
  • Ludlow Castle
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image width 302mm,
  • image length 572mm
four sheets
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / delt. 1777 / No46”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.46 / A View of Ludlow Castle, Shropshire / drawn on the spot / by / Francis Towne July 21st 1777”
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Christie’s 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 Emily Harriet Buckingham (1853–1923) inherited the drawing in 1915 and her sister Frances Ann Laura Solly (b.1858) sold it to Agnew’s (no.3986) on 6 September 1944 for £20. The same day it was bought for £31 10s. less commission of £1 11s. 6d. by Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 20 November 1984, lot 67, for £7,500. It was subsequently owned by Albany Gallery, London, and by Martyn Gregory Fine Art, and was sold at Christie’s by “a corporation” on 9 November 1999, lot 74, for £19,000. It has since been offered sale by Guy Peppiatt.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Guy Peppiatt, London
Private Collection, 9 November 1999, GBP 19000
Christie's, London, London, 9 November 1999, lot 74
Martyn Gregory
Albany Gallery
Private Collection, GBP 7500
Christie's, London, London, 20 November 1984, lot 67
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 6 September 1944, GBP 31 10s
Less commission of £1 11s. 6d.
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 6 September 1944, no.3986
Frances Ann Laura Solly (1858 - alive in 1932)
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. 39 or 40 as 'Ludlow Castle'
Annual Exhibition of Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1935, no. 140
Watercolours by Francis Towne, City Art Gallery, 1950, no. 39 or 40
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 71, 95, 140
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 107
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, no. 36


Another view of the castle also dated 1777, by William Williams, shows Towne’s likely position when making this sketch.1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 William Williams, Ludlow Castle, 1777 (Shropshire Museums Service).

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