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63 People in sitter grouping:

Holland House set

Holland House, a grand Jacobean mansion in Kensington built c.1605, was home to the Holland House set, which centred on its residents, Henry Richard Fox, 3rd Baron Holland and his wife Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Lady Holland. From 1797, until the death of Lady Holland in 1840, which had been closely preceded by the death of the Baron, the Holland's hosted an extraordinary group of politicians, writers, poets, historians and doctors- brought in to combat the Baron's extreme hypochondria. Membership of the set required a certain amount of talent and aristocratic breeding, and it became home to the key British and foreign intellectuals of the day, who gathered to dine and discuss history, literature and politics. With no strict religious agenda, the most common bond and topic of conversation at the evenings was often Whiggist politics and developments in government. The set was celebrated, long after its end, as Britain's closest thing to a continental salon, representing a strong political and social force.

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

1788-1824
Poet
Sitter in 36 portraits

Charles James Fox

1749-1806
Whig statesman
Sitter associated with 299 portraits

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

1764-1845
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 175 portraits

Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland

1773-1840
Whig statesman and patron of art and letters
Sitter associated with 54 portraits

Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

1800-1859
Historian, poet and politician; MP for Calne, Leeds and Edinburgh
Sitter in 26 portraits

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

1779-1848
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 159 portraits

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

1784-1865
Prime Minister
Sitter in 145 portraits

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

1792-1878
Prime Minister and writer
Sitter in 244 portraits

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

1751-1816
Dramatist and parliamentary orator
Sitter associated with 164 portraits

Sir Robert Adair

1763-1855
Diplomat
Sitter associated with 7 portraits

John Allen

1771-1843
Historian and resident physician at Holland House
Sitter in 1 portrait

William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley

1789-1849
Soldier
Sitter in 4 portraits

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

1766-1839
Landowner; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland
Sitter associated with 25 portraits

Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough

1758-1844
British peer; Lord of the Admiralty 1782-83
Sitter in 4 portraits

John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough

1781-1847
Politician; MP for several constituencies
Sitter associated with 37 portraits

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

1778-1868
Lord Chancellor
Sitter associated with 258 portraits

George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle

1773-1848
Politician; Lord Privy Seal
Sitter associated with 4 portraits

George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

1800-1870
Diplomat and politician; Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Sitter in 16 portraits