TOWNSHEND, George Ferrars [alias George Compton], third Marquess Townshend (1778–1855), disinherited aristocrat. Autograph letter in the third person to Mr G. Doo, Engraver, 10 Adams Terrace, Kentish Town, 1 side plus integral blank with address panel with seal and postal franks, 4to, 58 Portland Place, Thursday 3d July 1834, enquiring “The Engraving of the “2 Boys Heads” he supposes is not forward enough yet to be seen ……….. Should Mr. Doo be passing Portland Place some morning the ensuing week or following one L T has a Head by B-----andt He thinks Mr. Doo would be gratified in seeing”. Small piece of paper removed from blank edge by seal, and remains of paper along blank edge indicating removal from an album.
Townshend was known as Lord Chartley and Lord Leicester before succeeding as marquess in 1811, but he had a serious dispute with his father over the use of the title of earl of Leicester, and was subsequently disinherited by him in favour of his younger brother, Charles. Reasons for the rupture were not made explicit. His marriage in 1807 to Sarah Chatteris was a disaster and they separated in 1808, following which he lived chiefly at Genoa, where he was known as Mr Compton. His correspondent George Thomas Doo (1800–1886) was an engraver, appointed in 1836 historical engraver-in-ordinary to William IV. ODNB