Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • View going from Weesen to Glarus
ca. 1781/09/01
Pencil, pen and ink, grey-brown wash
  • image width 289mm,
  • image length 470mm
on paper watermarked "C&I HONIG" with stitch marks along the top edge
  • sheet, verso
  • “View going from Wesen to Glaris No.23 September 1st. 1781. Light from the right hand in the Evening”
  • in ink
  • sheet, verso
  • “View going to Glaris in the Canton of Glaris. Evening light from the right hand. September 1st. 1781”
  • in pencil
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Between Wesen and Glarus, after Francis Towne
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Leger Galleries 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 (BP68). On 27 February 1935 Judith Merivale sold it to Agnew’s (no.11695) for £8, where on the same day it was bought by W. B. Dalton for £12 12s. In 1982 it was on sale at Leger Galleries, after which it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Leger Galleries, London, 1982
William B. Dalton, 27 February 1935, GBP 12 12s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 27 February 1935, GBP 8, no.11695
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP68
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP68
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Annual Exhibition of Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1935, no. 117
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 97


Weesen is at the western end of Walensee, which Towne drew on 1 and 4 September (FT334, FT335). This is a view looking into the Glarus valley as he began his journey into it. John White Abbott made a copy of the left part of this drawing (FT829).

by Richard Stephens

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