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Hospital Carnival Day, Derby

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:DMAG200156
:Derby
:Market Place
:Hospital Carnival Day, Derby
:1935
:Townsend, Ernest
:Derby Museum and Art Gallery
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:Townsend, Ernest
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Oil painting, on canvas, by Ernest Townsend (1880-1944). Ernest Townsend was a true born and bred Derbian. Youngest of 5 children he was apprenticed to the architects Wright and Thorpe at the age of 14, before changing direction to study painting and drawing at the Derby Art School in Green Lane. After a five year spell in London he returned to Derby. He married Doris Campbell in 1812, a fellow member of the Derby Sketching Club, and worked in a studio behind 22 Irongate until 1914, when he moved it to 31 Full Street. Townsend was foremost a portrait painter and completed over 250 portraits in his lifetime. Many of these included Derby Mayors and dignitaries. A significant influence in Townsend's career and work was the patronage of Alfred E. Goody who presented a collection of 500 paintings to the town of Derby in 1936, which provide a valuable historical record of the town. Townsend was specially commissioned to produce several of these townscapes. In 1924 he was chosen to paint a huge mural representing Derby's history to be displayed in the Civic Hall at Wembley Great Exhibition. During the war Townsend was commissioned to develop a camouflage scheme designed to give Rolls Royce factory, a prime target for German bombers, the appearance of a village when seen from the air. (information from www.derbyshire.uk.net)