William TownsendHop Alleys 1951-2

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William Townsend (1909‑1973)
Hop Alleys
Date 1951-2
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 762 x 508 mm frame: 932 x 677 x 77 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N06148 HOP ALLEYS 1951–2

Inscr. ‘Townsend’ b.r.
Canvas, 30×20 (75×51).
Purchased from the artist through the London Group (Knapping Fund) 1953.
Exh: Names to Remember, Roland, Browse and Delbanco, July 1952 (no catalogue); London Group, November 1952 (169), as ‘Hop Garden’.
Repr: Sir John Rothenstein, British Art since 1900, 1962, pl.54; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1962, p.259.

The picture was begun in June 1951 and was painted in the studio from a drawing (dated 20 May 1951) made in one of the hop gardens near the artist's home at Rolvenden, Kent. It was completed between November 1951 and February 1952, after the artist had spent the summer in Canada (letters from the artist, 1 April 1953 and 10 and 13 July 1956). The pen and ink drawing from which this was painted now belongs to St Pancras Borough Council, and was previously exhibited at the A.I.A… (read more)

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