These are the source drawings for copies of lost drawings by Towne. These copies represent valuable evidence of a portion of Towne’s output that is no longer directly accessible. Only drawings whose status as copies of Towne’s work is verified by an inscription to that effect on the drawing itself have been included. Drawings that, on stylistic and circumstantial grounds, are very probably copies of now lost drawings by Towne do not feature here. For example, John Short’s two watercolours of 1796 (FT896, FT897) are surely copies of watercolours that Towne made in 1781 on his journey back to England, or of watercolours based on 1781 sketches.

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

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