Watercolourist and illustrator Henry Towneley Green, R. I. (1836-99), is not today as well known as his younger brother, Charles Green (1840–98), a noted Dickens illustrator. Whereas Charles Green produced an extensive series of illustrations for The Christmas Books and Great Expectations after Chapman and Hall's 1870s Household Edition, his brother played at best a subsidiary role in the Illustrated Library Edition of Christmas Stories (1868). Like his brother Charles, Henry Towneley Green contributed highly realistic wood-engravings to the London The Graphic, helping to make Britain's leading illustrated journal from the 1870s onward. Born in Hampstead in 1836, Towneley Green (a variant spelling is "Townley") exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art, London, from 1855, but waited until 1879 to become a member of the New Watercolour Society. With his brother he illustrated some of the leading periodicals of the later nineteenth century, including Once A Week and the Cornhill Magazine, edited first by W. M. Thackeray and then by Sir Leslie Stephen. His realistic but slightly sentimental style is reminiscent of Chardin, and of more contemporary illustrators such as his younger brother, Charles, and John Gordon Thomson.

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Dickens, Charles. American Notes for General Circulation and Pictures from Italy. Illustrated by J. Gordon Thomson and A. B. Frost. London: Chapman and Hall, 1880.

Dickens, Charles. Works."Collier's Unabridged Edition." New York: P. F. Collier, 1880. Vol. III, p. 236. (These illustrations originally appeared in the British Household Edition of 1880.)

Scenes and Characters from the Works of Charles Dickens; being eight hundred and sixty-six drawings, by Fred Barnard, Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz); J. Mahoney; Charles Green; A. B. Frost; Gordon Thomson; J. McL. Ralston; H. French; E. G. Dalziel; F. A. Fraser, and Sir Luke Fildes; printed from the original woodblocks engraved for "The Household Edition." London: Chapman and Hall, 1908.

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