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Cosmopolitan Club


76 People in sitter grouping:

The Cosmopolitan Club was open for its members on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, from 10pm till 2am between 1852-1902. In 1854 it moved location from 49 Bond Street to Berkeley square, which had previously been used as studios by artists George Frederick Watts and Henry Wyndham Philips. The eclectic members included literary figures such as Francis Turner Palgrave, playwright and editor of Punch, Tom Taylor and civil servants. On occasion, the rooms were used for exhibitions, displaying paintings that had been refused by the Royal Academy. Although it wasn't defined by a particular political affiliation, many of its members were liberal, with several serving in Gladstone's cabinet. Membership was limited to a total of 150 members but they were encouraged to bring along interesting guests, which added to the atmosphere of conviviality and conversation. Henry James described it as 'a talking club, extremely select' and in 1865, King Edward VII became a member.

Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare

Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare

1815-1895
Politician, Home Secretary and Lord President of the Council; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 12 portraits
(Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne Ashley

(Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne Ashley

1836-1907
Politician and biographer
Sitter in 2 portraits
John Bright

John Bright

1811-1889
Statesman and orator
Sitter associated with 96 portraits
William Henry Brookfield

William Henry Brookfield

1809-1874
Queen Victoria's Chaplain-in-Ordinary and Cleric
Sitter in 2 portraits
Robert Browning

Robert Browning

1812-1889
Poet; husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sitter in 53 portraits
Sir Redvers Henry Buller

Sir Redvers Henry Buller

1839-1908
General
Sitter in 11 portraits
Chichester Samuel Parkinson-Fortescue, Baron Carlingford and 2nd Baron Clermont

Chichester Samuel Parkinson-Fortescue, Baron Carlingford and 2nd Baron Clermont

1823-1898
Politician; MP for County Louth; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 18 portraits
Joe Chamberlain

Joe Chamberlain

1836-1914
Industrialist and politician; MP for Birmingham
Sitter in 105 portraits
Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava

Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava

1826-1902
Diplomat and administrator; viceroy of India
Sitter in 21 portraits
King Edward VII

King Edward VII

1841-1910
Reigned 1901-10
Sitter associated with 505 portraits
Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot

Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot

1846-1923
Politician and journalist
Sitter in 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Julian Henry Charles Fane

1827-1870
Diplomat and poet
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edward Fitzgerald

Edward Fitzgerald

1809-1883
Poet and translator of 'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám'
Sitter in 4 portraits
William Edward Forster

William Edward Forster

1818-1886
Industrialist, philanthropist and Liberal politician; MP for Bradford; son of William Forster
Sitter in 23 portraits
Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

1830-1896
Painter; President of the Royal Academy; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 59 portraits | Artist associated with 8 portraits
James Anthony Froude

James Anthony Froude

1818-1894
Historian and editor of 'Fraser's Magazine'
Sitter associated with 29 portraits
George Frederick Samuel Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon and 3rd Earl de Grey

George Frederick Samuel Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon and 3rd Earl de Grey

1827-1909
Viceroy of India; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 22 portraits
William Ewart Gladstone

William Ewart Gladstone

1809-1898
Prime Minister and writer; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter associated with 321 portraits
George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen

George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen

1831-1907
Financier and Liberal politician; MP for City of London and Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sitter in 38 portraits

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