Isaac Townsend (d.1765)
A large full-length portrait slightly to right in a blue velvet coat fastened with gold clips and a long full-bottomed wig. The sitter's attribute of a telescope indicate that he has connections with the sea but the setting and his luxurious clothes also reveal that he is a man of high social status. The painting is part of the Greenwich Hospital Collection and was listed in 1912 as 'subject and painter unknown, but supposed to be Admiral Isaac Townsend'. Townsend was the Governor of Greenwich Hospital and best remembered for holding Admiral Byng under arrest there, prior to his court-martial and subsequent execution at Portsmouth in 1757.
- Image reference: BHC3057
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
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