- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Wenlock Priory
- Wenlock Nunnery in Shropshire
- Wenlock Nunnery
- ca. 1780
- Pen and ink, watercolour
- image height 216mm,
- image length 276mm
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower right
- “F Towne delt / No.4 1777”
- artist's mount, verso
- “Wenlock Nunnery drawn on the spot, Saville House, No.5 Leicester Square
- signed, inscribed, and indistinctly dated
- Object Type
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Leger records; Christie’s records (image)
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 Misses Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP101). It was probably given or sold to their cousin Bernard Merivale (see also FT069), as he sold it to Agnew’s (no.2783) in October 1938 for £8. On 2 April 1940 Agnew’s sold it for £15 15s. to Professor Geoffrey Emett Blackman of Oxford University (1903–1980). It was sold at Christie’s on 5 March 1974, lot 88, where it was bought by Leger Galleries, whereafter it is untraced.
- Associated People & Organisations
- Leger Galleries, London, 5 March 1974
- Christie's, London, London, 5 March 1974, lot 88
- Professor Geoffrey Emett Blackman (1903 - 1980), Oxford, 2 April 1940, GBP 15.15s
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, October 1938, GBP 8, no.2783
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP101
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP101
- 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. 22 or 23 as 'Wenlock Nunnery in Shropshire'
- [?] Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour & Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1936, no. 77
- [?] 66th Annual Exhibition of Water Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1939, no. 146
- 67th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1940, no. 127 or 131
- 1 After Paul Sandby, Wenlock Priory, 1779 (Witt Library).
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