Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Glastonbury Abbey
Pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image width 292mm,
  • image length 483mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / 1777 / No.54”
  • sheet, verso
  • “Glastonbury Abbey – Drawn on the Spot”, numbered “54”, and dated “July 30th 1777”
  • signed and inscribed
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
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 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 by Mrs R. Madoc at Sotheby’s on 15 July 1976, lot 40a, when it did not sell, as it was offered again at Christie’s on 20 March 1979, lot 134, where it was unsold, as it was sold at Lawrence of Crewkerne on 22 May 1980, lot 82. It was sold at Sotheby’s on 11 July 1990, lot 61, for £9,500, whereafter it is untraced. It was acquired at some unknown point by Leger Galleries (no.909508).

Associated People & Organisations

[?] Leger Galleries, no.909508
Private Collection, 11 July 1990, GBP 9500
Sotheby's, London, London, 11 July 1990, lot 61
Private Collection, 20 May 1980
Lawrence of Crewkerne, Crewkerne, 22 May 1980, lot 82
Christie's, London, London, 20 March 1979, lot 134
Sotheby's, London, London, 15 July 1976, lot 40a
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'

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