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    Sale 1910

    Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller

    28 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 192

    Charles Towne (British, 1763-1840)

    Tigers beside a tree; and Lions in a Rocky Landscape, Rapids beyond

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    Charles Towne (British, 1763-1840)
    Tigers beside a tree; and Lions in a Rocky Landscape, Rapids beyond
    both signed and dated 'C. Towne 1824' (upper left and lower left respectively)
    oil on panel
    7 x 9¼ in. (17.8 x 23.5 cm.); and 7¾ x 9¼ in. (19.7 x 23.5 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    One of the leading animal painters of his period, Charles Towne's works are also admired for their distant landscapes, rendered with delicacy and detail.

    Born in Wigan, he received his first knowledge of landscape painting from the Lancashire artist, John Rathbone and a training in coach painting from the Liverpool coachbuilder, Robert Latham. By 1780, Towne had set up as a japanner and decorative painter in Liverpool and he exhibited his first picture at the Liverpool Society for Promoting the Arts of Painting and Design in 1786. By the 1790s, he had established his reputation as an accomplished animal painter and after spending a few years in Manchester, moved to London during the 1800s. In London, Towne befriended Morland and de Loutherbourg, whose romanticized rural subjects influenced his own early work. He returned to Liverpool in 1810 and became a member of the Liverpool Academy, where he exhibited regularly and was elected Vice-President.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Phillips, Ramster, 26 February 2001, lot 323.


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