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Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

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

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
circa 1690
49 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1257 mm x 1003 mm)
NPG 1363

Inscriptionback to top

Inscription, lower right: Charles Ld. Viscount/Townshend.

This portraitback to top

A version/copy was with Mrs Sam Hobgood, North Carolina, in 1971. A comparable three-quarter-length remains at Raynham.

Referenceback to top

Duleep Singh 1927-8
Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Portraits in Norfolk Houses, 2 vols, 1927-28, II, p 210, no.83.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 349.

Stewart 1983
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.760.

Provenanceback to top

By descent at Raynham Hall; Townshend Heirlooms sale, Christie’s, 5 March 1904, lot 26, bought Colnaghi, from whom purchased.

Exhibitionsback to top

Department of the Environment 1971–85; Norfolk and the Grand Tour, Norwich, 1985, no.1 as c.1695; Ministry of Defence (Admiralty House), 1989–97.

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.

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