F. H. Townsend

Frederick Henry Townsend (1868–1920), also F. H. Townsend, was born on 25 February 1868 in London. He attended the Lambeth School of Art. Townsend lived in London and exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Society of Painters & Etchers, New English Art Club, New Gallery, and Fine Art Society, London. In 1915 he was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. Townsend is best remembered for his satirical illustrations in The Illustrated London News, The Graphic, The Tatler, The Sphere, and Punch. In 1905 Townsend became the Art Editor for Punch. However, he was also a prolific and eclectic book illustrator. In addition to popular adventure fiction such as H. Rider Haggard and Sir Frederick Marryat, he also illustrated new editions of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1896) and Shirley (1897) Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1897), and Sir Walter Scott’s Rob Roy (1897). He joined the Special Constabulary during WWI and created several anti-German cartoons. He died on 11 December 1920 in London.

Further Reading


Houfe, Simon. “Frederick Henry Linton Jehne Townsend 1868-1920.” The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1981. 482. Print.


Townsend, F. H. "Punch" drawings. London: Cassell, 1921. Print.


Simkin, John. “Frederick Henry Townsend”. Spartacus Educational. Web. 6 Oct. 2013.


Waters, Grant M. “Townsend, Frederick Henry, A.R.E., (1868–1920).” Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900- 1950. Eastbourne: Eastbourne Fine Art, 1975. 331. Print.

Illustrations by F. H. Townsend



Andtaking193 And taking the incense he cast it into the flames. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe; Black Heart and White Heart. 1900
Awaywithlondonlongmans1900113 'Away with you, woman'. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Black Heart and White Heart and Other Stories. 1900
Doomislondonlongmans1900112 'Doom is upon you!'. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Black Heart and White Heart and Other Stories. 1900
Holdhe65 'Hold!' he cried. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe; Black Heart and White Heart. 1900

Ihavelondonlongmans1900230 'I have kept faith, keep it also, Aziel'. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Black Heart and White Heart and Other Stories. 1900
Ihave243 'I have kept faith, keep it also, Aziel'. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe; Black Heart and White Heart. 1900
Infrontlondonlongmans1900208 In front of this procession.. walked Elissa. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Black Heart and White Heart and Other Stories. 1900
Infront209 In front of this procession.. walked Elissa. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe; Black Heart and White Heart. 1900

Iwilllondonlongmans1900196 'I will do sacrifice'. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Black Heart and White Heart and Other Stories. 1900
Metemnoted115 Metem noted that there hung the body of a black dwarf. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe; Black Heart and White Heart. 1900
Tellmelondonlongmans1900105 'Tell me, Metem,... what mummery is this?'. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Black Heart and White Heart and Other Stories. 1900
Thearrow londonlongmans1900 136 'The arrow is poisoned'. Elissa. "Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe" from Black Heart and White Heart and Other Stories. 1900