Lee Townsend

(American, 1895-1965)

A horse lover from childhood, Townsend was fascinated with racing. After a short stint working in his brother’s livery stable, and two years’ study at the Art Institute of Chicago, he became an illustrator in New York. After a trip to Paris in 1927, he gave up illustrating and devoted himself to horse racing, painting racing scenes at both well-known and obscure tracks.


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