Towne, Charles

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TOWNE, CHARLES (1781–1854), English painter of animals and landscapes. Born in London, Towne's work such as The Boat Builders (1811) and Cattle Fair (1826) resemble the productions of the Norwich School and show a strong feeling for English country life of the period. From the year 1806 Towne exhibited at the Royal Academy. Another English painter of animals, who was not Jewish, was also named Charles Towne (or Town). He lived from 1763 to 1840, and is known as "Charles Towner the Elder" to distinguish him from this artist.