The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

Philip Townsend

(1940-2016), Photographer

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 6 portraits
In 1963 Townsend began work in the music scene, taking the first official photographs of The Rolling Stones, thanks to his friendship with Andrew Loog Oldham. Later in the decade he photographed musicians including Gene Pitney, Johnny Ray, The Searchers, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Peter and Gordon (whom he briefly managed) and The Beatles first encounter with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in August 1966. Townsend's first book, Sorry You Missed the Sixties, was published in 2009.

Tell us More

 Like voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Make a donation Close

List Thumbnail

Pamela Chandler, by Philip Townsend - NPG x128641

Pamela Chandler

by Philip Townsend
bromide proof print, 24 February 1958
NPG x128641

Philip Townsend, by Philip Townsend - NPG x132821

Philip Townsend

by Philip Townsend
vintage print, 1961
NPG x132821

Frankie Howerd, by Philip Townsend - NPG x135385

Frankie Howerd

by Philip Townsend
bromide fibre print, 1964
NPG x135385

The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, by Philip Townsend - NPG x128616

The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

by Philip Townsend
bromide fibre print, 31 August 1967
NPG x128616

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

Michael Birt

14 March 2016, 22:51

Philip died on Sunday 13th March 2016

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.