Townsend Papers

Scope and Content

Townsend's journals. Also correspondence, personal files, postcards, art photographs, press cuttings, newspapers, typescripts of poems and articles, and general professional papers concerning colleges and exhibitions in Canada and the UK.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Townsend was born in Wandsworth and educated at Simon Langton School in Canterbury. From 1926 to 1930 he attended the Slade School of Fine Art. He lived in Canterbury and later Bridge from 1925 to 1946. From 1946 to 1949 he taught part-time at the Camberwell School of Art and then joined the staff of the Slade School in 1949. He was Professor of Fine Art at University College London from 1968 to 1973. He visited Canada many times during his life on art tours. In 1970 he was editor and part author of 'Canadian Painting Today', published in London and New York. He held many exhibitions in London and Canada and had work included in many galleries.

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Acquisition Information

Deposited in University College London Library by William Townsend in May 1966 and June 1968. Additional deposits made by Charlotte Townsend (daughter) in June 1974, July 1977, December 1977 and November 1979.

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