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Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend (1675-1738), Statesman and agriculturalist

Sitter in 6 portraits
Charles Townshend entered politics as a young man. Despite being a very poor speaker, he led a distinguished career as a statesman and diplomat. He retired in 1730 and spent his last years at Raynham, his house in Norfolk, where he devoted himself to agricultural experiments. He was responsible for a number of innovations including the introduction of large-scale turnip cultivation into England, for which he gained the nickname 'Turnip Townshend'. His second wife, Dorothy, was the sister of the Whig prime minister Robert Walpole.

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3623

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1704?
NPG 3623

1755

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, (circa 1715-1720)
NPG 1755

D4492

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4492

D4493

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by John Simon, sold by Thomas Millward, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4493

D27420

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by Edward Harding, after William Nelson Gardiner
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D27420