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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.
by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 20 December 1890