- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- The Wrekin, on the Road between Much Wenlock and Shrewsbury
- ca. 1777 - 1783
- Pencil, pen and grey ink, grey wash
- image length 366mm
- laid paper
- sheet, verso
- “The Wrekin in the Road / between Wenlock & / Shrewsbury / by Francis Towne”
- Object Type
- Monochrome wash
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 (BP128). Judith Merivale sold it in November 1933 to Squire Gallery for £6 10s. This is presumably the drawing described by Colnaghi’s (no.A11906) as “The Wrekin, pen and wash”, which they bought on 6 July 1943 from Iolo Anuerin Williams (1890–1962). The following day it was bought by J. Leslie Wright (1862–1953) for £12 (according to Colnaghi’s records, but Wright’s own notebook gives the price as £13 10s.; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery archives, 2007.117). By 1962 it had entered the collection of Professor John Malins (1915–1992). It remains in a private collection.
- Associated People & Organisations
- Private Collection
- Professor John Malins (1915 - 1992), 1962
- James Leslie Wright (1862 - 1953), 7 July 1943, GBP 12
- P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 6 July 1943, no.A11906
- Iolo Anuerin Williams (1890 - 1962), 1943
- Squire Gallery, London, November 1933, GBP 6.10s
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP128
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP128
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 150
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 13
- 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.
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