On February 26th… An Artist

Illustration of Holmes and Toby by F H Townsend for The Sign of Four

Illustration by F H Townsend for The Sign of Four (1913)

Illustrator Fredrick Henry Townsend was born in London on February 26, 1868.

He is one of the lesser known artists who drew Sherlock Holmes illustrations for Sherlockian stories and other magazines and books. Mr Townsend also illustrated works by other authors of the era, including Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, and Charlotte Bronte. He is perhaps best known for having been the first Art Editor of Punch magazine.

Sources
Information came from the volume A Curious Collection of Dates, by Leah Guinn (JHWS “Amber”) and Jaime N Mahoney (JHWS “Tressa”), with additional information from Spartacus Educational.

Posted by The Dynamic Duo Co-columnists, Ron (JHWS “Chips”) and Beth (JHWS “Selena”).

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