Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View of Glastonbury Abbey
  • Glastonbury Abbey
Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour
  • image width 290mm,
  • image length 485mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / delt. 1777”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “A View of Glastonbury Abbey / drawn by Francis Towne / 1777”
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Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby'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 grandson George Montagu Merivale (b.1855) of Sydney, Australia, inherited the drawing and it descended through the family of his daughter Angel Merivale (b.1884) until it was offered for sale at Christie’s on 20 March 1979, lot 136 or 135, where it seems to have been left unsold, as it was sold at Lawrence of Crewkerne on 22 May 1980, lot 83, for £1,600. The drawing was again offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 11 July 1990, lot 60, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Sotheby's, London, London, 11 July 1990, lot 60
Private Collection, 22 June 1980, GBP 1600
Lawrence of Crewkerne, Crewkerne, 22 May 1980, lot 83
Christie's, London, London, 20 March 1979, lot 136 or 135
Apparently unsold
[?] R. Madoc
Angel Merivale (1884 - ?)
George Montagu Merivale (1855 - ?), Sydney
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. 50 or 51 as 'Glastonbury Abbey'


This is a view of the Lady Chapel at Glastonbury Abbey. An exterior view of Glastonbury Abbey (FT118) is dated 30 July 1777, which is probably also the date of this drawing.

photographic print

Figure 1.
Unknown Photographer, Lady Chapel (Chapel of St Mary), Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Somerset, England, photographic print

Digital image courtesy of Courtauld Institute of Art

by Richard Stephens

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