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Charles Townshend (1725-1767), Chancellor of the Exchequer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Second son of Charles, 3rd Viscount Townshend. He served as MP for Yarmouth, 1747-61, and then for Harwich. He served as lord of the admiralty, 1754-5, and as secretary-at-war, 1761. He refused to join Grenville's administration and went into opposition. He became paymaster in 1765 and chancellor of exchequer in Chatham's ministry in 1766, but opposed his India policy and 'pledged himself to find a revenue in America', 1767; and established commissioners of customs in America and port duties, but did not live to see results. Brilliant but capricious and impetuous, he suffered from ill health and died relatively young.

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1756

Charles Townshend

attributed to Isaac Gosset
wax medallion, circa 1750-1767
NPG 1756

D6970

Charles Townshend

by Miller, after Unknown artist
etching, circa 1750-1800
NPG D6970

D6971

Charles Townshend

by Miller, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1750-1800
NPG D6971

D4489

Charles Townshend

by John Dixon, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 21 December 1770 (1765-1767)
NPG D4489

D14297

Charles Townshend

by John Dixon, published by William Wynne Ryland, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 21 December 1770 (1765-1767)
NPG D14297

D4490

Charles Townshend

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1836
NPG D4490

D40073

Charles Townshend

by John Dixon, published by William Wynne Ryland, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 21 December 1770 (1765-1767)
NPG D40073

D40074

Charles Townshend

by John Dixon, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, circa 1770 (1765-1767)
NPG D40074

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