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Wayland Wells Williams and by descent in the family to the present owner.
We are grateful to Dr. Richard Stephens for providing the following additional information.
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter
by bequest to John Herman Merivale, 1825 and by descent in the family to his grand daughter Emily Harriet Buckingham, 1915 and by decent to
her sister France Ann Laura Solly, 1923.
with Agnew's, London, May 1936,
from whom purchased Wayland Wells Williams, May 1936 and by descent to Mrs. Elizabeth Williams Garstin, by 1950
and by descent to Mrs. Cynthia Garstin Blackwell by 1962.
London, Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 46 as 'Cataract of the Mothvay'. London, Agnew's, Exhibition of Selected Watercolour Drawings by Artists of the Early English School, Feburary & March 1922, no. 120, lent by Emily Buckingham
Manchester, Agnew's, The 49th Exhibtion of Selected Watercolour Drawings by Artists of the Early English School In Aid of the Manchester Royal Infirmary, November & December 1922, no. 7.
Manchester, Agnew's, 'The Fiftieth Annual Exhibition of Selected Water Colour Drawings', November & December 1923, no. 22.
A. Bury's, Lone Star of Watercolour Painting, London, 1962, p. 151.
Although Towne's inscription appears to suggest that the present watercolour was executed on 20 June 1777, it was actually executed between 5 and 7 July. Towne was then travelling from Dolgelly/Cadair Idris to Tan y Bwlch, and sketched all four waterfalls (the Cayne, the Mawddwy, Rhaeadr Ddu and Pont Ddu) along the way. Towne had only just begun his Welsh tour by 20 June, when he was at Bridgnorth Castle in Shropshire. Like many of Towne's works from the principal sketching tours, Towne would have returned and reworked this drawing later in his career.
T. Wilcox, Francis Towne, London, 1997, p. 43, fig. 14.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Special Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Prints and Drawings from New England Collections, not dated, no. 632.
Yale, Yale University Art Gallery, Prospects: An Exhibition of English Landscape watercolors from English and American Private Collections, 1950, no. 60, lent from the Wayland Wells Williams Collection by Mrs Elizabeth Williams Garstin.