Studio: international art — 68.1916

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The Black and IVhite IVork of F. H. Townsend

—two years before the time required by the routine
of the school. For a few months he worked upon
the wood, copying with the graver a drawing of
du Maurier's, but this taxed his patience sorely,
while the life-class was the Mecca of his artistic
studentship. He gave up reproductive wood-
engraving, feeling that it offered him no field for
expression, and devoted himself with enthusiasm
to the study of the human form. In the life-class
he was happy, and when he was not at work in it
he would wander about London, together with
Mr. Finberg, sketching the life and character that
met his view at every turn. All sorts and conditions
of men, women, and children he would draw, and
every accessible phase of life, with its humours or
its pathos. So he widened his range of vision,
keeping his eye constantly alert for the pictorial
aspects of everyday life. And this practice of
ubiquitous sketching as a student has proved of
incalculable value to his career as a pictorial
journalist and book-illustrator.

The work Mr. Townsend did in the now forgotten
" Sunlight" led to his prompt engagement by the
" Lady's Pictorial" and the " Illustrated London
News," and his career may be said to have been
fairly started, for, though he continued his studies
a further two years at the Lambeth Art School,
his drawing-pen was thenceforward constantly and
variously busy. And his temperamental gaiety,
with his cheerful, healthy outlook on life, and the
ready versatility of his talent, seemed always to
invest his work with the grace of enjoyment. His
industry was unflagging, but, although most of the
brighter picture periodicals welcomed him to their
pages, and many commissions for book illustrations
were forthcoming from the publishers, his ambition
was to work for " Punch." The comic drawings he
did for "Judy " and " Pick-me-up" were doubtless
stepping-stones to this, and it was a proud day for
the young artist when, in 1896, his first "Punch "
drawing" appeared. We reproduce this here
(p. 27), not merely for the sentimental reason that

drawing for "^tunch " (I908) by f. h. townsend

" Whit way hae ye gi'en ower smokin', Donal' ? "

"Weel, I find it's no a pleasure. A buddy's ain tebaccy, ye ken, costs ower muckle, and if ye're smokin'another
buddy's, ye hae to ram yer pipe sae tight it'll no draw."

(By stecial permission of the Proprietors of Punch)

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