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Horatio, 1st Viscount Townsend (1630-1687)

LELY, Sir Peter (1618 - 1680)

Horatio, 1st Viscount Townsend (1630-1687)

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 221.0 x 129.9 cm

Acquired: 1955; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 24

Sir Horatio Townsend (1630-87) of Raynham Hall, Norfolk, was a member of the deputation which invited Charles II to return in 1660. Rewarded with a barony, he became a viscount in 1672. Lely a Dutch painter, had settled in Britain in the early 1640s. After the Restoration he became the favorite painter of the court, creating a relaxed, refined style.

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