John Townsend

John Townsend

Newport Cabinetmaker

Book - 2005
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Yale University

John Townsend (1733?1809) is one of the most revered cabinetmakers of Colonial America. He spent his life in Newport, Rhode Island, leaving a uniquely large body of documented work. This handsome and generously illustrated book?the first publication ever devoted to Townsend?looks at the life and legacy of this extraordinary cabinetmaker.

The book opens with an overview of Newport and a discussion of other important cabinetmakers, including Job and Christopher Townsend, John’s father and uncle. John worked as an apprentice to his father before establishing his own shop when he was twenty-one. The catalogue section of this volume presents new color reproductions, including details of carving and construction and inscriptions and labels, of all thirty-five documented pieces by John Townsend. Comparative works by Christopher, Job, Job Jr., and Edmund Townsend as well as by John Goddard, another significant Newport cabinetmaker of the time, are also featured. Other documentation includes: a genealogical chart of the Townsend and Goddard families; wills and inventories of Christopher and John Townsend; a list of Townsend family furniture; names of John Townsend’s clients; and a list of all documented Newport furniture.



Book News
Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this oversize (9.5x12.25") catalog displays fine color reproductions of the renowned cabinetmaker's work. Heckscher (American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art) begins with an overview of Newport Rhode Island furniture, and of the Townsend family. A selective catalog follows, with examples of tables, chests of drawers, chairs, desks, and more. Appendices include pictorial comparisons of Townsend's work and that of his contemporaries, a genealogical chart, and Townsend family wills & inventories. Distributed by Yale U. Press. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker is a landmark presentation of a supreme cabinetmaker. It presents a catalogue of the documented oeuvre of John Townsend (1733-1809), the great Newport cabinetmaker, and describes the community of skilled makers in which he worked. It gives an unparalleled view of the physical and economical realities of Newport and of the artisanal culture that nourished cabinetmakers who were among the best to ever work in America.
Numerous works by John Townsend's contemporaries are illustrated, giving a detailed look at the differences and similarities among various approaches to the same forms. New photography allows Townsend's masterpieces to be seen more accurately and richly than ever before; numerous depictions of undersides and inlays are published for the first time.

YUP
John Townsend (1733–1809) is one of the most revered cabinetmakers of Colonial America. He spent his life in Newport, Rhode Island, leaving a uniquely large body of documented work. This handsome and generously illustrated book—the first publication ever devoted to Townsend—looks at the life and legacy of this extraordinary cabinetmaker.
The book opens with an overview of Newport and a discussion of other important cabinetmakers, including Job and Christopher Townsend, John’s father and uncle. John worked as an apprentice to his father before establishing his own shop when he was twenty-one. The catalogue section of this volume presents new color reproductions, including details of carving and construction and inscriptions and labels, of all thirty-five documented pieces by John Townsend. Comparative works by Christopher, Job, Job Jr., and Edmund Townsend as well as by John Goddard, another significant Newport cabinetmaker of the time, are also featured. Other documentation includes: a genealogical chart of the Townsend and Goddard families; wills and inventories of Christopher and John Townsend; a list of Townsend family furniture; names of John Townsend’s clients; and a list of all documented Newport furniture.


Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, [2005]
ISBN: 9780300107173
030010717X
9781588391452
1588391450
Branch Call Number: 749.092 HECKS
Characteristics: xii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 6-Sept. 25, 2005

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