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’.

About the author

  • In 2006 Richard Stephens was awarded a PhD at Birkbeck College, London, for his thesis, A Catalogue Raisonné of The Works of Francis Towne, on which this website 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
Lost Works
Author
Richard Stephens
Date
13/01/2016
Article DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.17658/towne/s7
Cite as
Richard Stephens, "Lost Works", A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816), (London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.17658/towne/s7

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