These are works sold either at auction or by Towne directly to a customer. The auctions noted were at Mr Langford’s house in Covent Garden on 23 February 1763, where the works displayed at the 1762 Society of Artists of Great Britain exhibition were offered; at Christie’s on 25 March 1808, when Towne himself offered several lots in an auction “for the charity benefit of an artist”, perhaps Robert Freebairn; and, again at Christie’s, on 15 February 1817, when Towne’s work for Viscount Courtenay was dispersed.

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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Richard Stephens, "Sold", A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816), (London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2016),

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