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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.

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Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 4011

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1714
On display at British Academy, London
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Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 16

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, by and published by John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31387

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, by George Vertue, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D39485

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, by and published by John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D3793

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, by and published by John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11700

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, by George Vertue, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D13975

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31386

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, attributed to Thomas Athow, after  Unknown artist, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D23275

Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke; Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford; Francis Atterbury, by Thomas Abiel Prior, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 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

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Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

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Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford

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

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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

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