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Charles Townley (1737 - 1805)

RA Collection: People and Organisations

Charles Townley was a wealthy country gentleman, antiquary and collector. He travelled on three Grand Tours to Italy, buying antique sculpture, vases, coins, manuscripts and Old Master drawings and paintings. Many of the most important pieces from his collection, especially the Townley Marbles are now in the British Museum’s Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities.


Born: 1 October 1737 in Towneley Hall, near Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

Died: 3 January 1805

Nationality: British

Gender: Male

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