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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.

John Bright

John Bright

1811-1889
Statesman and orator
Sitter associated with 95 portraits
Robert Browning

Robert Browning

1812-1889
Poet; husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sitter in 53 portraits
Joe Chamberlain

Joe Chamberlain

1836-1914
Industrialist and politician; MP for Birmingham
Sitter in 104 portraits
King Edward VII

King Edward VII

1841-1910
Reigned 1901-10
Sitter associated with 506 portraits
Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

1830-1896
Painter; President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 59 portraits | Artist associated with 7 portraits
William Ewart Gladstone

William Ewart Gladstone

1809-1898
Prime Minister and writer
Sitter associated with 320 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
Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes

1822-1896
Social reformer and children's writer
Sitter in 16 portraits
Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley

1825-1895
Biologist and science educationist
Sitter in 48 portraits
Sir Henry Irving

Sir Henry Irving

1838-1905
Actor-manager
Sitter in 122 portraits
Henry James

Henry James

1843-1916
Novelist
Sitter in 16 portraits
Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

1829-1896
Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 75 portraits | Artist associated with 41 portraits
John Ruskin

John Ruskin

1819-1900
Writer, artist and social reformer
Sitter associated with 82 portraits
Joseph Severn

Joseph Severn

1793-1879
Painter and Civil Servant
Sitter associated with 3 portraits | Artist associated with 14 portraits
George Smith

George Smith

1824-1901
Publisher and founder of the Dictionary of National Biography
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Hanning Speke

John Hanning Speke

1827-1864
Explorer in Africa
Sitter in 6 portraits
William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray

1811-1863
Novelist
Sitter in 42 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope

1815-1882
Novelist
Sitter associated with 27 portraits
George Frederic Watts

George Frederic Watts

1817-1904
Painter and sculptor
Sitter in 43 portraits | Artist associated with 91 portraits
Thomas Woolner

Thomas Woolner

1825-1892
Sculptor and poet
Sitter in 28 portraits | Artist associated with 24 portraits