New York, East
29 May 2001
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, P.R.A. (Plympton 1723-1792 London)
Portrait of Lord John Townshend, half-length, in a blue jacket with a white cravat
with inscription 'LORD JOHN TOWNSHEND SIR J REYNOLDS pinxit'
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
The Marquis of Townshend; his sale, Christie's, London, 5 March 1904, lot 94 (800 gns. to Colnaghi's).
with Thos. Agnew and Sons, by 3 August 1944.
(Possibly) Mrs. Charles Tennyson.
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D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, a complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven, 2000, Text, p. 448, no. 1767; pl. 1546 as 'untraced'.
London, South Kensington, National Portrait Exhibition, 1867.
Lord John Townshend was second son of George, 1st Marquess Townshend and his wife Charlotte Compton. On 10 April 1787 he married Georgiana Anne whose portrait by George Romney is also being sold in this sale as the previous lot.
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