Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • New Radnor
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 173mm,
  • image length 260mm
medium, smooth, cream wove paper
  • sheet, verso
  • “New Radnor”
  • in brown ink
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)


Bequeathed by Francis Towne 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 within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714, much or all of which by 1963 was owned by Mr and Mrs Sutton of New Zealand. Although this drawing was not among the seventeen they sold to the Fine Art Society in 1963, it was later on sale there, where it was bought in December 1969 for £1,400 by Paul Mellon (1907–1999), who gave it to the current owner, the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (B1975.4.960; gift to Yale, December 1975).

Associated People & Organisations

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, December 1975, B1975.4.960
Mr Paul Mellon (1907 - 1999), December 1969
The Fine Art Society, London, London, December 1969, GBP 1400
Mr & Mrs Sutton, New Zealand, 1963
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


The village of New Radnor is at the southern end of the Radnor Forest, between Llandrindod Wells and Leominster. The main point of interest there is the remains of an eleventh-century castle.

The washes do not extend up to the bottom-left corner of the sheet, indicating that this was the right-hand sheet of a sketchbook.

by Richard Stephens

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