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Henry Somerset, 7th Duke of Beaufort (1792-1853), Sportsman

Sitter associated with 12 portraits
Henry Somerset, 7th Duke of Beaufort, was renowned for his amorous escapades, his leadership of the Badminton and Windsor hunts and as a member of the 'Four-in-Hand Club'. The club was a group of young men who bribed coachmen to give them the reins to their vehicles then drove them at breakneck speeds along the poor British roads. Somerset joined the 10th Hussars and was Aide-de-Camp to the Duke of Wellington in the 1812-14 Peninsular War in Spain. He married Wellington's niece Georgiana Fitzroy and became infamous after her death for eloping with her half sister, Emily Smith. At the time such a marriage was considered to be against the Bible's teachings.