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
Society of Dilettanti (London)
Specimens Of Antient Sculpture, Ægyptian, Etruscan, Greek, And Roman: Selected From Different Collections In Great Britain By The Society Of Dilettanti. Vol. I. (II.) - London:: 1809. (-1835.)
Academic annals of painting sculpture & architecture ; published by authority of the Royal Academy of Arts, 1805-6, 1807, 1808-9 ; collected and arranged by Prince Hoare, Secretary for Foreign Correspondence to The Royal Academy - London: 1809