- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Chepstow Castle
- A View of Chepstow Castle in Monmouthshire
- Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour with gum
- image height 299mm,
- image length 480mm
- paper with a vertical crease down its centre
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “F.Towne / delt. 1777. No.48”
- sheet, verso
- “A View of Chepstow Castle in Monmouthshire, drawn on the spot by Francis Towne, 1777 [“1777” scratched out and reinserted]”
- Object Type
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 (BP126). On 24 May 1921 they sold it (also FT072, FT074, FT086, FT260) to Agnew’s (no.9954) for £30 for onward sale the same day (for £350 with FT072, FT074, FT086, FT108, FT237, FT260, FT366, FT469, FT504) to the current owner, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, in 1921 (1921P89).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 24 May 1921, GBP 350, 1921P89
Acquired with with FT072, FT074, FT086, FT108, FT237, FT260, FT366, FT469, FT504
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 24 May 1921, GBP 30, no.9954
Acquired with FT072, FT074, FT086, FT260
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 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. 38 as 'Chepstow Castle'
- De Englese Aquarel uit de 18de Eeuw, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Albertina, Vienna, 1965, no. 121
- Two Centuries of English Painting, National Gallery, Prague; National Slovak Gallery, Bratislava, 1969, no. 135
- Wales and the Wye Valley, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1970, no. 31
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 134
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