The Townley Discobolus

The Discobolus ("discus thrower") is a lost Greek sculpture known through numerous Roman copies. Charles Townley (1737-1805) purchased a copy found in Rome in 1791. The Townley Discobolus arrived at his home in Park Street, Westminster in 1794 and Zoffany updated the painting of "Charles Townley and friends in his library" to include it in 1798.

A cast of the Townley Discobolus, made by Andrew Lendzion, was purchased by the Towneley Hall Society and presented to Towneley to mark their 50th anniversary in 2015.

Author: tk - August 2016