Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Abbey Valley Crucis, near Llangollen on the River Dee, North Wales
Date
1788
Medium
Pen and ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 385mm,
  • image length 540mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne delt 1788”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Abbey Valle Crucis / near Llangollen on the river Dee / North Wales. / drawn by Francis Towne. 1788”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
Valle Crucis Abbey, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Catalogue Number
FT548
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Commissioned by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 5th Bt (1752–1794), and descended through his family until being offered for sale by Sir Richard Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt (1906–1990), at Sotheby’s on 21 November 1968, lot 25 (bidding reached £1100), and sold at Sotheby’s on 19 March 1981, lot 108, to the current owner, the National Library of Wales (PE1287).

Associated People & Organisations

National Library of Wales, Cardiff, 19 March 1981, PE1287
Sotheby's, London, London, 19 March 1981, lot 108
Sotheby's, London, London, 21 November 1968, lot 25
Unsold
Sir Richard Thomas Acland (1906 - 1990)
Lady Henrietta Anne Acland (née Hoare) (1765 - 1841)
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1752 - 1794), Exwick, Exeter, 1788
Bibliography
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 122

Comment

This drawing is a copy of FT114 and is one of four North Wales views dated 1788 that Towne made for the Aclands.

by Richard Stephens

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