Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend (1675-1738), Statesman and agriculturalist
‘slow in his parts, rough in his manner, impatient of contradiction’, wrote Lord Chesterfield, but also ‘humane, generous, and benevolent’.
‘a Gentleman of great Learning, attended with a sweet Disposition; … tall and handsome, about thirty Years old’ (J. Macky, Characters of the Court of Great Britain, 1733).
This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.