Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

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Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, circa 1690 - NPG 1363 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1690
49 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1257 mm x 1003 mm)
Purchased, 1904
Primary Collection
NPG 1363

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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1674 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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This portrait was probably painted soon after Townshend entered the House of Lords in 1697, but he does not wear his official robes. This is typical of the Kit-cat Club portraits, which emphasise the like-mindedness and unity of the members rather than their different social positions.

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