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Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery

The Kit-cat Club

Room 9The portraits in this room by Sir Godfrey Kneller are of a group of influential Whigs, all members of the Kit-cat Club. The Club was founded by Lord Somers and the publisher Jacob Tonson. It began meeting in Christopher Cat's tavern near Temple Bar, and took its name from his mutton pies known as Kit-cats. The paintings were framed as a set to hang in a special room which Tonson's nephew had built at his house at Barn Elms near Barnes in London. Other portraits in this set are on display at the Gallery's regional partner Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire.

Room introduction Beningbrough Hall The whole Kit-cat Club set

21 portraits on display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3210

Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3210

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3224

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3224

Sir John Vanbrugh, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3231

Sir John Vanbrugh

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1704-1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3231

Sir Samuel Garth, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3208

Sir Samuel Garth

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3208

Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3211

Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3211

George Stepney, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3228

George Stepney

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705-1708
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3228

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3234

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1708-1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3234

William Congreve, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3199

William Congreve

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1709
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3199

Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3213

Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1709
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3213

James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3195

James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3195

Arthur Maynwaring, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3217

Arthur Maynwaring

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3217

Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3233

Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710-1715
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3233

John Somers, Baron Somers, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3223

John Somers, Baron Somers

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, before 1711
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3223

Sir Richard Steele, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3227

Sir Richard Steele

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1711
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3227

Joseph Addison, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3193

Joseph Addison

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1712
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3193

Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3205

Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1712
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3205

Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3198

Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1713
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3198

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3220

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1715
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3220

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3194

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1717
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3194

Jacob Tonson I, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3230

Jacob Tonson I

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1717
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3230