Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View of Llyn Cwellyn near Snowdon
  • Llyngwellyn, Caernarvonshire
  • View of Llangwellyr, near Snowdon.1777
Pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image width 273mm,
  • image length 425mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto
  • “F.Towne / delt 1777 / No28”
  • and centre-left background, possible indistinct wording on the side of a mountain
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.28 light from the left hand / a View of Llyngwellyn near Snowdon in North Wales / drawn on the spot by / Francis Towne / 1777”
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Description Sources
Agnew'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 Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP114). On 6 March 1922 they sold it to Agnew’s (no.10122) for £70 with 521 for onward sale (on 22 February 1922 according to Agnew’s) to Victor Rienaecker (b.1887, alive in 1959) for £90. Subsequently it was acquired by Walter C. Hetherington of Gerrards Cross (dead by 1978), whose estate sold it at Christie’s, 14 February 1978, lot 108, where it was bought by A. Reed for £9,500, presumably the art dealer Anthony Reed. It was thereafter in a US private collection until 1990, when it appeared for sale at Agnew’s, where it was bought by Dorothy Scharf (d. 2004), who bequeathed it to the current owner, The Courtauld Gallery (D.2007.DS.39).

Associated People & Organisations

Courtauld Gallery, London, London, 2004, D.2007.DS.39
Dorothy Scharf ( - 2004), 1990
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1990
Private Collection, 1990
Anthony Reed (20th century), 14 February 1978, GBP 9500
Christie's, London, London, 14 February 1978, lot 108
Walter C. Hetherington ( - 1978)
Victor Rienaecker (1887 - after 1963), 22 February 1922, GBP 90
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 6 March 1922, GBP 70, no. 10122
Acquired with FT521
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP114
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP114
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. 32 as 'Llyngwellyn, Caernarvonshire'
Exhibition of Selected Watercolour Drawings by Artists of the Early English School, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1922, no. 78 as 'View of Llangwellyr, near Snowdon.1777'
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 49
unidentified exhibition, Anthony Reed, 1978, no. 17


This is a view of the lake of Llyn Cwellyn looking north. The protruding rock on the left edge of the water is seen from the other direction in FT091. Judging from the long foreground shadow, Towne’s inscription, and the warmth of the sky, this is an early evening view.

by Richard Stephens

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