7.1: Sold
7.2: Copied
7.3: Exhibited

The works in this section are assumed to have been destroyed, but there is direct documentary evidence that they once existed; furthermore, the evidence dates from Towne’s own lifetime or shortly after it.

Where surviving drawings are fragments of a numbered series, the lost parts of the series have not been listed here. It would add no real knowledge to state that, if a drawing numbered 7 exists, then there must also once have existed drawings numbered 1 to 6, especially when literally nothing else about those drawings can be surmised from the one survival.

Towne’s lost works are organised here according to the nature of the evidence that demonstrates they once existed: ‘Sold’, ‘Copied’, and ‘Exhibited’.

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Article title
Lost Works
Richard Stephens
Article DOI
Cite as
Richard Stephens, "Lost Works", A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816), (London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2016), https://doi.org/10.17658/towne/s7

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