Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Conwy Castle
Date
1777
Medium
Pencil (?), pen and ink, watercolour, (?) gum
Dimensions
  • image height 267mm,
  • image length 422mm
Signature
  • sheet, recto, lower left
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “Conway Castle” and “1777”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT097
Description Sources
Agnew's records; Boase 1959 (image)

Provenance

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. On 4 March 1942 Merivale’s great-grandson Major Anthony Hubert Gibbs (1874–1957) sold it for £15 to Agnew’s, where it was bought the same day by Thomas Sherrer Ross Boase (1898–1974) for £25. Boase very probably still owned it in 1959, but it is thereafter untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Thomas Sherrer Ross Boase (1898 - 1974), 4 March 1942, GBP 25
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 4 March 1942, GBP 15
Major Anthony Hubert Gibbs (1874 - 1957)
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. 37 as 'Conway Castle, built by Edward I'
65th Annual Exhibition of Water Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1938, no. 157
Bibliography
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 48

Comment

The drawing is suggested as the 1805 exhibit, as it has clearly been worked on long after 1777. Towne drew Conwy again in 1809 (FT668, FT669, FT670).

by Richard Stephens

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