Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Fall of the Cayne, North Wales
ca. 1777 - 1798
[?] Oil painting
Object Type
Oil painting

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Exhibition catalogue
Associated People & Organisations

Exhibition History
The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, 1798, no. 555 as 'Fall of the Cayne, North Wales'
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 43


Towne exhibited a view of the falls of the Cayne at the Royal Academy in 1798 and at the British Institution in 1815 (FT598, FT652). As Towne’s exhibits were based on his on-the-spot drawings, he must have made a sketch of the Cayne falls—no doubt when he visited the nearby falls of the Mawddwy in 1777 (see FT079). No preparatory study is known, but a 1795 waterfall (FT584) has been tentatively identified by its owner as the falls of the Cayne. Towne gave his address in the catalogue as “Exeter”.

by Richard Stephens

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