Horatio, 1st Viscount Townsend (1630-1687)
LELY, Sir Peter (1618 - 1680)
[image: 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.