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The Kit-cat Club
The portraits in this room by Sir Godfrey Kneller are of a group of influential Whigs, all members of the Kit-cat Club. The Club was founded by Lord Somers and the publisher Jacob Tonson. It began meeting in Christopher Cat's tavern near Temple Bar, and took its name from his mutton pies known as Kit-cats. The paintings were framed as a set to hang in a special room which Tonson's nephew had built at his house at Barn Elms near Barnes in London. Other portraits in this set are on display at the Gallery's regional partner Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire.
Room introduction Beningbrough Hall The whole Kit-cat Club set
21 portraits on display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery