Search the Collection

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford (1661-1724), Lord Treasurer

Sitter in 14 portraits
Politician; as a moderate Tory, worked initially with the Whigs in pursuing the war against France; intrigued against the Marlboroughs and Godolphins, who persuaded Queen Anne to dismiss him, 1708; two years later he secured their overthrow, becoming virtual head of a Tory ministry; created Earl and Lord High Treasurer 1711; at the instigation of Bolingbroke, was dismissed by Queen Anne on her deathbed, 1714; held no further office; a determined and relentless intriguer, he was a skilled party manager and a pioneer in the use of the political press.

List Thumbnail

4011

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1714
On display at British Academy, London
NPG 4011

16

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, (1714)
NPG 16

D31387

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1714 (1714)
NPG D31387

D39485

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
engraving, (1714)
NPG D39485

D3793

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1714 (1714)
NPG D3793

D11700

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1714 (1714)
NPG D11700

D13975

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
engraving, (1714)
NPG D13975

D31386

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D31386

D23275

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

attributed to Thomas Athow, after Unknown artist, after Jonathan Richardson
watercolour, early 19th century
NPG D23275

D17870

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke; Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford; Francis Atterbury

by Thomas Abiel Prior, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D17870

D3792

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1714 (1714)
NPG D3792

D18956

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1714 (1714)
NPG D18956

D39486

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by W.T. Mote, published by Harding & Lepard, after William Derby, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1832 (1714)
NPG D39486

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.