• Francis Towne - part 1

    9 days ago - By Poul Webb

    1795 Study for a portrait of Mr Francis Towne of Exeter, Landscape Painter by John Dowman charcoal, touched with red chalk and heightened with white
    © Trustees of the British Museum Francis Towne (1739 - 1816) was born in Isleworth, Middlesex, the son of a corn chandler. In 1752 he was apprenticed to a leading coach painter in London, Thomas Brookshead. In 1759 he won a design prize from the Society of Arts, and studied for a while at St Martin's Lane Academy. .In 1763 Towne was employed by a coach painter called Thomas Watson in Long Acre, and went to Exeter on business, where he soon...
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