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.

Paul Mellon Centre

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity committed to supporting original research into the history of British art and architecture of all periods. It is the sister institution to the Yale Center for British Art, with which it collaborates closely, and is part of Yale University.

The Paul Mellon Centre continues to lead efforts to support access to art history through digital publishing by channelling resources into new outputs and activities, while providing support and guidance to other institutions. The PMC has transformed some of its standard publication formats into digital-only platforms: the first, Richard Wilson Online, appeared in 2014, followed by the online journal British Art Studies in 2015. Funding opportunities for research projects that will result in a digital outcome are offered annually.

Project Team

Maisoon Rehani (Picture Researcher), Peter Thomas (cataloguing), Tom Scutt (Digital Manager), Colin Grant (copy-editor).


Bernard Horrocks (intellectual property), Adrian Cooper (digital strategy), Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass (digital strategy), Cristiano Bianchi (digital strategy).


New photography has been commissioned from Matthew Hollow and Christopher Chard. We are grateful to the numerous public and private owners, dealers, auction houses and art historians who have supplied images. Acknowledgement of those contributions appears next to each image.

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