Townsend Hungerford

England / India, b.1815, d.1859

Benjamin Winkles

England, b.1805, d.1871 (After)

Hablot Knight Browne

England, b.1815, d.1882 (After)

Robert Garland

England, b.1810, d.1863 (After)

Amiens Cathedral, West Front

  • c. 1842
  • Watercolour
  • Presented by Miss G Hungerford, 1968
  • 186 x 124mm
  • 69/320
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Townsend Hungerford was born in Bombay (Mumbai) and schooled in England but spent most of his life in military service in India, rising eventually to Lieutenant-Colonel. Until recently, he was thought to have visited Spain and France, but the two watercolours exhibited are now recognised as being based on book illustrations. Hungerford’s watercolour sketch (above) is based on an engraving from French Cathedrals by Benjamin Winkles and published in 1837. Winkles engraved this from a drawing by Hablot Knight Browne (best-known as Phiz, illustrator of ten books by Charles Dickens), which was in turn based on a sketch by architect Robert Garland. Amiens Cathedral’s spectacular Gothic west façade was constructed between 1220 and 1236.

(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)

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