Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Wenlock Priory
  • Wenlock Nunnery in Shropshire
Date
1777/06/21
Medium
Pencil (?), pen and ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 216mm,
  • image length 279mm
Inscription
  • sheet, recto
  • “F.Towne, 1777 No.5”
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “Wenlock Abbey / Drawn on the spot by Francis Towne”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
Wenlock Priory, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Catalogue Number
FT070
Description Sources
Museum records (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. At some point the drawing was inherited by Merivale’s great-grandson Major Anthony Hubert Gibbs (1874–1957) and sold by him to Agnew’s on 28 March 1940 (no.3062) for £10. Museum records state that the drawing was given to the present owner, the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield (no.813), in 1946 as one of many bequests from Alderman J. G. Graves (1865/1866–1945). However, Agnew’s records state that it was sold to the museum on 28 March 1940 for £14 10s.

Associated People & Organisations

Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, Sheffield, 28 March 1940, GBP 14.10s, no.813
Museum records state that the drawing was given to the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield in 1946 as one of many bequests from Alderman J G Graves (1865/1866-1945). However, Agnew's records state that it was sold to the museum on 28 March 1940, for £14.10s.
[?] Alderman J. G. Graves (1865/66 - 1945), Sheffield
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 28 March 1940, GBP 10, no. 3062
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. 22 or 23 as 'Wenlock Nunnery in Shropshire'
[?] Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour & Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1936, no. 77
[?] 67th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1940, no. 127 or 132
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 71, 136

Comment

Another version of this view, at the Huntingdon Library (FT070a), was probably drawn later.

by Richard Stephens

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