Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Vale of the Dee below Llangollen
Date
1788
Medium
Pencil, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 387mm,
  • image length 540mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / 1788”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “A View of the Vale of the Dee / North Wales drawn by / Francis Towne 1788”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
The Vale of the Dee below Llangollen, Private Collection
Catalogue Number
FT551
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Commissioned by Lady Acland, wife of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt (1752–1794), and descended in his family until offered for sale by Sir Richard Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt (1906–1990), at Sotheby’s on 21 November 1968, lot 27 (bidding reached £900). It was acquired before 1997 by the present owner, the National Library of Wales (PB7221).

Associated People & Organisations

National Library of Wales, Aberwystwyth, 1997, PB7221
Private Collection, 21 November 1968, GBP 900
Sotheby's, London, London, 21 November 1968, lot 27
Sir Richard Thomas Acland (1906 - 1990)
Lady Henrietta Anne Acland (née Hoare) (1765 - 1841)
Bibliography
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, pp. 122–23

Comment

This drawing is based on FT099. In his notes Oppé described this drawing as “the best of the series [but] much less effective than the BP sketch”. The 1920 article judged that it “has much of John Cozens’s sombre poetry, and is actually akin to him in the technique of the trees”.1

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915; Oppé 1920, p.123.

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