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.
Landowner; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland
Sitter associated with 26 portraits
Sitter associated with 280 portraits
Sitter associated with 308 portraits
Sitter associated with 189 portraits
Whig statesman and patron of art and letters
Sitter associated with 57 portraits
Scottish judge and critic; editor of the 'Edinburgh Review'
Sitter in 11 portraits
Novelist; Wife of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
Sitter in 2 portraits
Whig politician; Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord President of the Council; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter associated with 77 portraits
King of France 1830-1848
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Historian, poet and politician; MP for Calne, Leeds and Edinburgh; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 26 portraits
Sitter associated with 159 portraits
Novelist and poet; Law reform campaigner
Sitter in 10 portraits
Political hostess; wife of 3rd Viscount Palmerston
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sitter in 146 portraits
Principal Librarian of the British Museum
Sitter in 10 portraits
Poet, banker and art connoisseur
Sitter in 23 portraits
Prime Minister and writer; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter associated with 249 portraits
Dramatist and parliamentary orator
Sitter associated with 168 portraits
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