Charles Townley (Biographical details)

Charles Townley (collector; British; Male; 1737 - 1805)

Also known as

Townley, Charles; Towneley, Charles


7 Park Street, Westminster


Collector and connoisseur of mainly classical antiquities. Collection purchased by BM in 1805 (classical sculpture) and 1814 (other antiquities, sold by his cousin and heir Peregrine Towneley (sic) (q.v.). His print collection passed to John Towneley and was included in his sale, Sotheby's 10-11.v.1865.


B F Cook, 'The Townley Marbles', London: BMP, 1985; I. Jenkins, in A.Wilton and I. Bignamini (eds), 'Grand Tour', exhibition catalogue, London: Tate Gallery, 1996;
S. Walker, "Tenez le Vraye" in D. Boschung and H. von Hesberg (eds), 'Antikensammlungen des europaeischen Adels im 18. Jahrhundert. Internationales Kolloquium in Duesseldorf vom 7.2-10.2. 1006', Mainz 2000, pp.93-98.