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George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    mid 18th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McArdell, James, born 1729 - died 1765 (engraver)
    Hudson, Thomas, born 1701 - died 1779 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EM, shelf 14, box A

Physical description

Portrait, three-quarter-length, facing slightly left, resting left arm on a plinth, holding a sheet of paper in hand, and resting right hand on hip. The sitter wears military uniform, with a sword at his side and a tricorne hat under his right arm. At the bottom of the sheet is an heraldic achievement.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


mid 18th century (printed)


McArdell, James, born 1729 - died 1765 (engraver)
Hudson, Thomas, born 1701 - died 1779 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'The Right Honble: George Townshend Major Genl: and Colll: of His Majesty's 28th: Regt: of Foot. Thos Hudson Pinxt. Js. McArdell fecit.'

With the mark of the collection of Queen Victoria (Royal Library, Windsor) (Lugt 2535)


Height: 39.1 cm cut to, Width: 27.3 cm cut to

Historical context note

When this print was made the sitter was styled Major-General the Hon. George Townshend.

Descriptive line

Print, three-quarter-length portrait of George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, in military uniform. Mezzotint by James McArdell after Thomas Hudson, mid-18th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.

Production Note

Attribution note: Undescribed state between 2nd and 3rd



Subjects depicted

Uniform; Tricorne; Soldier




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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