The majority of Towne’s exhibited work has been lost, especially from the pre-Italian period. Exhibits are listed in date order and comprise Towne’s work shown at the Society of Arts in 1759 (FT001); the Free Society of Artists in 1763–6 (FT005, FT006, FT007); the Society of Artists of Great Britain between 1762 and 1773 (FT002FT003FT004FT008FT009FT010, FT011FT012, FT013, FT014, FT015, FT016, FT017, FT018, FT020); the Royal Academy between 1775 and 1810 (FT048, FT145, FT148, FT557, FT557a, FT574, FT575, FT576, FT598, FT627a, FT645, FT645a, FT648, FT649); at Towne’s own exhibition of 1805 (FT063a, FT068, FT168, FT169, FT243, FT299, FT302, FT305, FT307, FT308, FT322, FT323, FT324, FT345, FT348, FT360, FT381, FT547a); and at the British Institution (FT652, FT653). 

One Society of Artists exhibit, of 1773, certainly survives (FT019) and other exhibits are suggested among other surviving works, with varying degrees of confidence (FT023, FT047, FT154, FT156, FT157, FT159, FT450, FT646, FT562, FT601, FT618, FT644, FT651). A lost painting of North Wales (FT148), which may have been exhibited in 1779, is listed among the ‘Sold’ lost works.

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

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