An Evening With...

Christine Pittsley, A Comfortable Front: Harry Townsend and the Realities of War

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Harry Everett Townsend, Untitled (WWI Trench Sketch), ca. 1918, Graphite on paper, Gift of Mrs. Elaine Hanley

Join Christine Pittsley, Project Director for the Remembering World War OneI Project at the Connecticut State Library, for a discussion exploringe the works featured in the Museum's specialfeatured exhibition Harry Everett Townsend: Illustrations of a World War I Artist. Townsend, one of eight official combat artists commissioned by the American Expeditionary Force, depicted the rigors of war and the advent of industrial combat; not only for posterity, but also to help garner support in the United States.

By examining the people, places, and events captured by Townsend, Pittsley will discuss the intersection of his art and the reality of trench warfare. PShe will provide photographs, letters, and firsthand accounts from Connecticut soldiers, which will add further context to the narrative of World War I.

The program, held from 6-7 p.m., will follow a short wine and cheese reception from 5:30-6 p.m.


$7 Members*

$15 non-MembersĀ 

*Free for Circle-level Members and up


Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm