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Clapham Sect


14 People in sitter grouping:

The Clapham Sect or The Saints, as they were actually known whilst active from 1790-1830, were a group of wealthy Evangelical Christians, brought together by John Venn, the rector of Holy Trinity Church, Clapham. With strong links to the Anti-Slavery Society, they fought for the total abolition of slavery, as well as helping establish and fund a number of organisations including The National Gallery, The Bettering Society, The Bible Society and the RSPCA. All the members preached philanthropy and the importance of charity and moral guidance for the poor, which they saw as one of their main Christian duties.

Hannah More

Hannah More

1745-1833
Religious writer
Sitter in 11 portraits
Granville Sharp

Granville Sharp

1735-1813
Scholar and philanthropist
Sitter in 7 portraits
William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

1759-1833
Philanthropist and reformer
Sitter associated with 33 portraits
William Dealtry

William Dealtry

1775-1847
Church of England clergyman
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edward James Eliot

Edward James Eliot

1758-1797
Politician; brother-in-law of William Pitt
Sitter in 1 portrait
Zachary Macaulay

Zachary Macaulay

1768-1838
Philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Owen

John Owen

1766-1822
Missionary society administrator
Sitter in 1 portrait
Charles Simeon

Charles Simeon

1759-1836
Preacher
Sitter in 17 portraits
James Stephen

James Stephen

1758-1832
Lawyer and slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth

John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth

1751-1834
Governor-General of India
Sitter in 7 portraits
Henry Thornton

Henry Thornton

1760-1815
Economist, banker, philanthropist and politician; MP for Southwark
Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Henry Venn

Henry Venn

1725-1797
Evangelical divine; founder of the Clapham Sect
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Venn

John Venn

1759-1813
Rector of Clapham
Sitter in 1 portrait