Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A Farm near Henley-on-Thames
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The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, 1810, no. 137 as 'A farm near Henley-on-Thames'


Towne sent his exhibits for the 1808, 1809, and 1810 exhibitions from 39 Queen Ann Street West. No source for the view near Henley is known and Towne’s only known connection with the town is through his childhood friend Josiah Sarney, the son of a farmer of Henley with whom Towne had trained as a coach painter in the 1750s. Although Sarney was living in Windsor by 1810, he retained connections with Henley as he bequeathed £350 to the churchwardens of Henley. Towne must also have remained in touch with his old friend, for he remembered him in his will dated 22 May 1810.

by Richard Stephens

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