Charles Towne 1832



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‘Terriers in a Landscape’

He was born in Wigan and brought up in poverty, It is said that in his early years he sketched on tombstones with chalk, then acquired pencil and paper in order to sell to kindly purchasers. In time he progressed to Indian ink and a brush. He walked to Liverpool and found employment with landscape artist John Rathbone, painting ornaments on buckram cases. He moved on to Bolton-le-Moors ad then Lancaster and Manchester painting crests on carriage doors and moon faces on clock dials. He returned to Liverpool and found work as a japanner, all the while pursing his ambition as an artist. in 1786 he exhibited his first painting at the Society for Promoting the Arts of Painting and Design, the forerunner to the Liverpool Academy. He attracted publicity when he copied Stubbs’s reapers and haymakers, and subsequently gained a number of important horse portrait commissions. in 1796 he went to London and became friends with George Morland. He spent three or four years there without financial success, dodging creditors. He returned to Liverpool around 1810 and remained there for the rest of his life. He became a member of the Liverpool Academy, and was its Vice President in 1812 and 13. He exhibited mainly at the Academy in Liverpool, but also 12 paintings at the Royal Academy and 4 at the British Institute in London. The Walker Gallery in Liverpool has many of his paintings in its collection, and he is represented in numerous public museums and galleries predominately throughout the midlands and Northern Counties. Signed and dated 1832.

Framed size: height 43cm (17″)
width 51cm (20″)
depth 5cm (2′)

canvas size: height 28cm (11″)
width 37cm (14.5″)

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Dimensions 5 x 43 cm

John Rathbone


51cm X 43cm X 5cm

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