Jeffrey Short of Bickham House, in the parish of Kenn near Exminster, four miles south of Exeter. Bickham is in the area South of Exeter where Towne was most active; furthermore Short married into the family of one of Towne's patrons when in 1786 he married Charlotte, daughter of John Baring of Mount Radford (1730-1816). Short was one of Exeter's social and commercial elite at the end of the 18th century. He went into the wool business in Exeter with his father-in-law, was a founder of the Devonshire Bank. Short was himself a watercolourist and made copies of some of Towne's continental views.