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Century Club


53 People in sitter grouping:

From 1865-81 in Lincoln's Inn Chambers, and then at 6 Pall Mall Place, the members of the Century Club met to discuss issues regarding social reform, including The 1867 Reform Act and The University Reforms- something they saw as a personal cause. The members, the majority of whom were Oxbridge educated and already belonged to societies such as The Apostles and The Old Morality Society, were elected by a committee vote. They would meet on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, paying one guinea a year in subscriptions, to freely discuss the most serious matters of the day. Outside of the club, many members worked either in Law or Politics, or were writers for publications such as The Times and The Economist. By 1881, the club's membership numbers had diminished as individuals moved on, with many joining the newly established National Liberal Club.

Walter Bagehot

Walter Bagehot

1826-1877
Economist and journalist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Bt

Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Bt

1843-1911
Politician and writer; MP for Forest of Dean and Chelsea
Sitter in 32 portraits
Henry Fawcett

Henry Fawcett

1833-1884
Politician, political economist and academic
Sitter in 24 portraits
Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes

1822-1896
Social reformer and children's writer
Sitter in 16 portraits
Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley

1825-1895
Biologist and science educationist
Sitter in 48 portraits
Sir Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen

1832-1904
Writer, philosopher, mountaineer and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography
Sitter in 13 portraits
Sir George Otto Trevelyan, 2nd Bt

Sir George Otto Trevelyan, 2nd Bt

1838-1928
Historian and politician; Secretary of State for Scotland and MP
Sitter in 7 portraits
John Russell, Viscount Amberley

John Russell, Viscount Amberley

1842-1876
Politician and writer; eldest son of 1st Earl Russell
Sitter in 2 portraits
Edward Spencer Beesly

Edward Spencer Beesly

1831-1915
Positivist and historian
Sitter in 3 portraits
Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey

Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey

1836-1918
Politician
Sitter in 4 portraits
Hon. George Charles Brodrick

Hon. George Charles Brodrick

1831-1903
Political writer and college head
Sitter in 3 portraits
James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

1838-1922
Jurist, historian and Liberal politician; MP for Tower Hamlets and Aberdeen South
Sitter in 15 portraits
Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler

1835-1902
Artist, writer and traveller
Sitter in 3 portraits
Thomas Chenery

Thomas Chenery

1826-1884
Newspaper editor
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Kingdon Clifford

William Kingdon Clifford

1845-1879
Mathematician and metaphysician
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edward Clodd

Edward Clodd

1840-1930
Banker and writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Arthur Cohen

Arthur Cohen

1829-1914
Barrister and diplomatic counsel
Sitter in 1 portrait
Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith

Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith

1832-1918
Politician, Chairman of Ways and Means, professor and man of letters
Sitter in 13 portraits
Horace Davey, Baron Davey

Horace Davey, Baron Davey

1833-1907
Judge
Sitter in 11 portraits