These are the source drawings for copies of lost drawings by Towne. These copies represent valuable evidence of a portion of Towne’s output that is no longer directly accessible. Only drawings whose status as copies of Towne’s work is verified by an inscription to that effect on the drawing itself have been included. Drawings that, on stylistic and circumstantial grounds, are very probably copies of now lost drawings by Towne do not feature here. For example, John Short’s two watercolours of 1796 (FT896, FT897) are surely copies of watercolours that Towne made in 1781 on his journey back to England, or of watercolours based on 1781 sketches.

About the author

  • Richard Stephens is an independent art historian. He was awarded a PhD at Birkbeck College, London, for his thesis, A Catalogue Raisonné of The Works of Francis Towne, on which his Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739–1816) is based. In 2016 he curated the exhibition Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's watercolours of Rome at the British Museum, London. He edits The art world in Britain 1660 to 1735, published by the University of York.

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Article title
Copied
Author
Richard Stephens
Date
18/02/2016
Article DOI
https://doi.org/10.17658/towne/s7e2
Cite as
Richard Stephens, "Copied", A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816), (London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2016), https://doi.org/10.17658/towne/s7e2

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