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Post by Pip on January 28th 2010, 11:22 am

Kenneth Townsend (1931-1999) artist and illustrator, brother of Dennis Townsend of Rye and Iden Pottery fame. Here are some screenprinted tiles from the Menagerie series - some of these designs were used on other merchandise including textiles and games.

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Post by big ed on January 28th 2010, 3:45 pm

Commercial Art at its best Kenneth Townsend 175374
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Post by skay on January 29th 2010, 7:09 pm

I've always absolutely loved that cow, nice to see it again. I think that's the most 70s image I can possibly think of! Kenneth Townsend 212118

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Post by Pip on January 30th 2010, 10:22 am

Yes it's one of my favourites too - there were nearly 30 designs in this series.

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Post by Carolyn Preston on January 31st 2010, 12:12 am

Did he illustrate children's books? I'm sure I've seen some of those "critters" before.

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Post by Pip on January 31st 2010, 9:18 am

Yes he did - you're right! He illustrated a few children's books, he even wrote and illustrated one of his own stories - the animals have also been used in some children's games and on the odd teatowel or two.

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Post by Taylor Thomas on February 7th 2010, 9:52 am

I love the sheep (I never thought I would say that again!)
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Post by big ed on February 7th 2010, 10:18 am

Well Thomas is a welsh name Kenneth Townsend 88711
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Post by Taylor Thomas on February 8th 2010, 12:20 am

And I am a Yorkshire man.
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Post by Pip on February 8th 2010, 10:09 am

By the way, the tiles designs are screenprinted onto H & R Johnson blanks - they're not Rye or Iden as is sometimes suggested.

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