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Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

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Charles Townshend entered politics as a young man. Despite being a very poor speaker, he led a distinguished career as a statesman and diplomat. He retired in 1730 and spent his last years at Raynham, his house in Norfolk, where he devoted himself to agricultural experiments. He was responsible for a number of innovations including the introduction of large-scale turnip cultivation into England, for which he gained the nickname 'Turnip Townshend'.

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  • Date

    early 18th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    125.7 x 100.3 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1904


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