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Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip (1713-1802), Politician; MP for several constituencies and Secretary of State for the Colonies

Sitter in 3 portraits
Baron Mendip was a Member of Parliament for fifty-two years. He was a conservative figure, opposed to parliamentary reform and hostile to the demands of the American colonists. In 1782, he served in the final month of Lord North's ministry as Secretary of State for America but by this time the American War of Independence had been lost. History has not been generous to Mendip; the Earl of Stanhope described him as 'ridiculed for his diminutive stature, not redeemed by any loftiness of mind.'

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The House of Commons 1793-94

by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, 1793-1795
On display at Palace of Westminster, London
NPG 745

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Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip

by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1793
NPG 3993

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Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip

by Charles Algernon Tomkins, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1868
NPG D38368