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Holland House set


63 People in sitter grouping:

Holland House, a grand Jacobean mansion in Kensington built c.1605, was home to the Holland House set, which centred on its residents, Henry Richard Fox, 3rd Baron Holland and his wife Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Lady Holland. From 1797, until the death of Lady Holland in 1840, which had been closely preceded by the death of the Baron, the Holland's hosted an extraordinary group of politicians, writers, poets, historians and doctors- brought in to combat the Baron's extreme hypochondria. Membership of the set required a certain amount of talent and aristocratic breeding, and it became home to the key British and foreign intellectuals of the day, who gathered to dine and discuss history, literature and politics. With no strict religious agenda, the most common bond and topic of conversation at the evenings was often Whiggist politics and developments in government. The set was celebrated, long after its end, as Britain's closest thing to a continental salon, representing a strong political and social force.

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

1766-1839
Landowner; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland
Sitter associated with 26 portraits
Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

1778-1868
Lord Chancellor
Sitter associated with 270 portraits
Lord Byron

Lord Byron

1788-1824
Poet
Sitter in 36 portraits
Charles James Fox

Charles James Fox

1749-1806
Whig statesman
Sitter associated with 306 portraits
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

1764-1845
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 179 portraits
Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland

Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland

1773-1840
Whig statesman and patron of art and letters
Sitter associated with 56 portraits
Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

1773-1850
Scottish judge and critic; editor of the 'Edinburgh Review'
Sitter in 11 portraits
Lady Caroline Lamb

Lady Caroline Lamb

1785-1828
Novelist; Wife of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
Sitter in 2 portraits
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne

1780-1863
Whig politician; Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord President of the Council
Sitter associated with 77 portraits
Louis-Philippe I, King of the French

Louis-Philippe I, King of the French

1773-1850
King of France 1830-1848
Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

1800-1859
Historian, poet and politician; MP for Calne, Leeds and Edinburgh
Sitter in 26 portraits
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

1779-1848
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 159 portraits
Emily Mary ('Amelia') (née Lamb), Viscountess Palmerston

Emily Mary ('Amelia') (née Lamb), Viscountess Palmerston

1787-1869
Political hostess; wife of 3rd Viscount Palmerston
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir Anthony Panizzi

Sir Anthony Panizzi

1797-1879
Principal Librarian of the British Museum
Sitter in 10 portraits
Samuel Rogers

Samuel Rogers

1763-1855
Poet, banker and art connoisseur
Sitter in 23 portraits
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

1792-1878
Prime Minister and writer
Sitter in 245 portraits
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

1751-1816
Dramatist and parliamentary orator
Sitter associated with 167 portraits
Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope

Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope

1805-1875
Historian; founding member and first chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery and Conservative politician; MP for Hertford
Sitter in 23 portraits