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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

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

c.1690
Painting by Godfrey Kneller, see NPG 1363.

Painting by Godfrey Kneller, three-quarter-length standing, his right arm draped, his left hand inside his coat, inscribed Charles Townshend Viscount Townshend. Raynham (Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Portraits in Norfolk Houses, II, p 227, no.19, illus. f.p.24). The cravat is longer than that in NPG 1363, which is otherwise closely comparable.

c.1700-05
Painting ascribed to Dahl, three-quarter-length standing, wearing a loose robe, a temple beyond. Raynham, from Sotheby’s, 25 June 1941, lot 151. Exhibited Family and Friends, A Regional Survey of British Portraiture, 1992, no.35, illus. p 34. A watercolour copy of this type by G. P. Harding ‘from an Original picture at Sandwell’, sold Sotheby’s, 16 December 1982, lot 14/22; a second such copy, by T. Athow, is in the Ashmolean Museum (Sutherland collection, Burnet ii, 528).

c.1704
Painting by Godfrey Kneller, see NPG 3623.

c.1715
Painting by Godfrey Kneller, three-quarter-length standing in viscount’s parliamentary robes, left hand on table edge. Houghton (A Capital Collection, Houghton Hall and the Hermitage, ed. L. Dukelskaya & A. Moore, 2002, p 316, no.219). Engravings by J. Simon c.1715 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 153, Kneller … Baronet pinxt …, i.e. after 1715, bust-length oval); another published S. Harding 1802 as bust-length oval. A chalk copy by George Farington c.1775 remains in the Walpole collection.

1720?
Painting attributed to Jervas, whole-length standing in viscount’s parliamentary robes with Garter collar, his right hand resting on his coronet on a table to the left, inscribed Charles William Townshend 1720. Audley End. A three-quarter-length version, inscribed … Charles Townshend, one of Her Majesty’s principal Secretarys of State, 1726, by Jervas, formerly at Honingham (Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Portraits in Norfolk Houses, I, p 289, no.46), is in a private collection, and a copy/version was presented to the Marquess of Townshend 1937.

c.1724
Painting by Charles Jervas, similar to the above but wearing Garter robes, right hand on table with plumed hat to the left. Versions:
a) King’s College, Cambridge, from the 1904 Raynham sale, lot 27, and Lady Townshend’s 1947 sale, lot 5 as by Kneller, exhibited Second Special Exhibition of National Portraits ( ... William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867, no.228 as by Kneller. A copy in the Raynham sale, 1904, lot 28
b) described by Scharf in Lambeth Palace in 1864 (Sir George Scharf’s Sketch Books, 69:70)
c) St Michael’s Mount
d) Blickling, commissioned by Lord Hobart (illus. A. Moore, Family and Friends, A Regional Survey of British Portraiture, exhibition catalogue, Norfolk Museums Service, 1992, p 225, no.2 as studio of Jervas)

Painting attributed to Jervas, see NPG 1755.

c.1732-38
Painting by John Wootton and studio, Sir Robert Walpole and his Friends, showing Townshend standing third from the right with Garter star and ribbon. Houghton (A. Moore, Family and Friends, A Regional Survey of British Portraiture, exhibition catalogue, Norfolk Museums Service, 1992, no.42, illus. p 103).

1740
Painting by Isaac Whood, half-length, wearing Garter badge and ribbon, right hand tucked in coat. Old Schools, Cambridge (J. W. Goodison, Cambridge Portraits, I, 1955, p 25, no.28), purchased 1741. The head derives from the engraved Kneller pattern of c.1715.

Doubtful Portraits
Miniature attributed to Zincke, bust-length oval in viscount’s coronation robes; Royal Collection (R. J. B. Walker, The eighteenth and early nineteenth century Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, 1992, no.69).
An engraving by J. Smith (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 255) after Kneller, sometimes said to show Townshend as a boy, probably shows one of his children (cf. Kneller’s Two Sons of Viscount Townshend, illus. A. Moore, Family and Friends, A Regional Survey of British Portraiture, exhibition catalogue, Norfolk Museums Service, 1992, p 105).



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.