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Marlborough House Set


53 People in sitter grouping:

Following his marriage to Queen Alexandra in 1863, King Edward VII took residence at Malborough House, Pall Mall, London. Away from his mother Queen Victoria, the future King could assert some authority and take on the social role of the sovereignty. The house quickly became frequented by the glamorous leaders of high society and became the backdrop of many of the scandals of the day. There were still strict guidelines in place and while adultery was an accepted feature of the Marlborough House set, divorce was still considered unacceptable. Marlborough House also became a political court, where Edward and Alexandra's anti-Prussian and pro-Danish sympathies caused increasing tension between Queen Victoria and the couple. After Edward's accession in 1901, Marlborough House was considered part of the Edwardian establishment, with many of its members and regular visitors taking up roles in office.

Queen Alexandra

Queen Alexandra

1844-1925
Queen of Edward VII
Sitter associated with 477 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits
Lord Randolph Churchill

Lord Randolph Churchill

1849-1895
Politician; Secretary of State for India and MP for Woodstock and Paddington South
Sitter in 36 portraits
Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

1854-1921
Society hostess and writer
Sitter in 25 portraits
King Edward VII

King Edward VII

1841-1910
Reigned 1901-10
Sitter associated with 506 portraits
Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st Bt

Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st Bt

1850-1931
Grocer and yachtsman
Sitter in 19 portraits
Frances Evelyn ('Daisy') Greville (née Maynard), Countess of Warwick

Frances Evelyn ('Daisy') Greville (née Maynard), Countess of Warwick

1861-1938
Society beauty and socialist writer; wife of 5th Earl of Warwick
Sitter associated with 42 portraits
Archibald Brabazon Sparrow Acheson, 4th Earl of Gosford

Archibald Brabazon Sparrow Acheson, 4th Earl of Gosford

1841-1922
Vice-Chamberlain to Queen Alexandra
Sitter in 1 portrait
Henry Gerard Sturt, 1st Baron Alington

Henry Gerard Sturt, 1st Baron Alington

1825-1904
Politician, sportsman and landowner
Sitter in 3 portraits
Evelyn Elizabeth Brinton (née Forbes)

Evelyn Elizabeth Brinton (née Forbes)

1868-1928
Former wife of William Dodge James, and later wife of John Chaytor Brinton; daughter of Sir Charles John Forbes 4th Bt
Sitter in 12 portraits
Peregrine Francis Adelbert Cust, 6th Baron Brownlow

Peregrine Francis Adelbert Cust, 6th Baron Brownlow

1899-1978
Lord-in-Waiting to Edward, Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII)
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel

Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel

1852-1921
Financier and philanthropist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Henry Chaplin, 1st Viscount Chaplin

Henry Chaplin, 1st Viscount Chaplin

1840-1923
Landowner, racehorse owner and conservative politician; MP for several constituencies
Sitter in 27 portraits
Luis Maria Augusto Pinto de Soveral, Marquess de Soveral

Luis Maria Augusto Pinto de Soveral, Marquess de Soveral

1855-1922
Portuguese ambassador
Sitter in 7 portraits
Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire

Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire

1833-1908
Politician and Captain
Sitter in 55 portraits
Louise Frederica Augusta Cavendish (née von Alten), Duchess of Devonshire (formerly Duchess of Manchester)

Louise Frederica Augusta Cavendish (née von Alten), Duchess of Devonshire (formerly Duchess of Manchester)

1832-1911
Mistress of the Robes to Queen Victoria; former wife of 7th Duke of Manchester, and later first wife of 8th Duke of Devonshire
Sitter in 10 portraits
Georgina Elizabeth Ward (née Moncreiffe), Countess of Dudley

Georgina Elizabeth Ward (née Moncreiffe), Countess of Dudley

1846-1929
Society beauty; second wife of 1st Earl Dudley; daughter of Sir Thomas Moncreiffe, 7th Bt
Sitter in 30 portraits
Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher

Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher

1852-1930
Government official
Sitter in 8 portraits
Horace Brand Farquhar, 1st Earl Farquhar

Horace Brand Farquhar, 1st Earl Farquhar

1844-1923
Financier and politician
Sitter in 4 portraits
Mary Emmeline Laura (née Milner), Lady Gerard

Mary Emmeline Laura (née Milner), Lady Gerard

1854-1918
Wife of 2nd Baron Gerard; daughter of Henry Beilby William Milner
Sitter in 2 portraits
Louisa Augusta Beatrice (née Montagu), Countess of Gosford

Louisa Augusta Beatrice (née Montagu), Countess of Gosford

1856-1944
Courtier; wife of 4th Earl of Gosford; second daughter of 7th Duke of Manchester
Sitter in 1 portrait