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William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough (1855-1945), Sportsman and politician; MP for Salisbury and Wycombe

Sitter in 18 portraits
Politician and athlete; President of the Oxford University Boat Club, Amateur Fencing Association, Marylebone Cricket Club, Lawn Tennis Association and the Olympic games held in London in 1908. He won a silver medal for Fencing in the 1906 Intercalated Games and was punting champion of the Upper Thames. Margot Asquith described him as 'a British gladiator, capable of challenging the world in boating and boxing'. He married 'Ettie' in 1887 and they became core members of 'the Souls', hosting house parties at Taplow Court. He became a Liberal MP for Salisbury in 1880 and later a Conservative MP for Wycombe in 1900.

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Ax41056

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough as Mercutio

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41056

x8461

King Edward VII and others

by James Russell & Sons
dry-plate glass negative, 23 November 1904
NPG x8461

x8465

Members of the Marlborough House Set

by David Knights-Whittome, for James Russell & Sons
dry-plate glass negative, 23 November 1904
NPG x8465

x120967

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 May 1921
NPG x120967

x120968

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 May 1921
NPG x120968

Ax142187

Group at Taplow Court

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
NPG Ax142187

Ax142547

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1926
NPG Ax142547

Ax142550

Julian Morrell and others at Garsington

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1926
NPG Ax142550

x5213

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
matte bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1930s
NPG x5213

x167112

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 29 May 1933
NPG x167112

D2265

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by William Roffe, after a photograph by Marsh
line engraving, published 1890
NPG D2265

Ax15717

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by Cyril Flower, 1st Baron Battersea
platinum print, 1890s
NPG Ax15717

Ax15721

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by Cyril Flower, 1st Baron Battersea
platinum print, 1890s
NPG Ax15721

x89010

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1949
NPG x89010

x89011

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1949
NPG x89011

D44521

William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough ('Men of the Day. No. 492.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 20 December 1890
NPG D44521

D44807

"Cycling in Hyde Park"

by Hal Hurst
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 11 June 1896
NPG D44807

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