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Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster (1767-1845), Patron of art and the turf

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Elected as an MP in 1788, he supported the Whigs and took an active part in public affairs. He voted for the Reform Bill and was a member of the Anti-Corn Law League. On his father's death in 1802 he became 2nd Earl Grosvenor. In 1826, having obtained special powers by Act of Parliament, he began to develop the parts of his London estate that were to become Belgravia and Pimlico. This urban development made the family one of the richest in Britain. At the coronation of William IV in 1831, he was created Marquess of Westminster. He enlarged the Grosvenor House art collection, then one of the best private collections in the world. He also owned some of the most famous racehorses of the day.

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The House of Commons 1793-94

by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, 1793-1795
NPG 745

999

The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1820-1823
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 999

794

Study for 'Patrons and Lovers of Art'

by Pieter Christoffel Wonder
oil on canvas, 1826-1830
NPG 794

316a(60)

Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1831
NPG 316a(60)

316a(61)

Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1831
NPG 316a(61)

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Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after John Hoppner
stipple engraving, published 7 February 1811
NPG D37825

D37826

Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster

by Henry Meyer, after John Jackson, after John Hoppner
stipple engraving, published 1811
NPG D37826

D34990

Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster

by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1870 (1785-1788)
NPG D34990