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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.

Sir Robert Adair

Sir Robert Adair

1763-1855
Diplomat
Sitter associated with 7 portraits
John Allen

John Allen

1771-1843
Historian and resident physician at Holland House
Sitter in 1 portrait
Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough

Frederick Ponsonby, 3rd Earl of Bessborough

1758-1844
British peer; Lord of the Admiralty 1782-83
Sitter in 4 portraits
John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough

John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough

1781-1847
Politician; MP for several constituencies
Sitter associated with 37 portraits
Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell

1777-1844
Poet
Sitter in 20 portraits
George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle

George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle

1773-1848
Politician; Lord Privy Seal
Sitter associated with 5 portraits
George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

1800-1870
Diplomat and politician; Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Sitter in 16 portraits
George Crabbe

George Crabbe

1754-1832
Poet
Sitter in 6 portraits
Lord Edward Fitzgerald

Lord Edward Fitzgerald

1763-1798
Irish patriot
Sitter in 3 portraits
Richard Fitzpatrick

Richard Fitzpatrick

1748-1813
General, poet and politician; MP for Tavistock and Bedfordshire
Sitter associated with 7 portraits
Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam

Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam

1786-1857
Politician; MP for several constituencies
Sitter in 4 portraits
Ugo Foscolo

Ugo Foscolo

1778-1827
Italian poet
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Hookham Frere

John Hookham Frere

1769-1846
Diplomat and writer
Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Henry Grattan

Henry Grattan

1746-1820
Irish statesman
Sitter associated with 26 portraits
Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville

Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville

1794-1865
Diarist and clerk to the council
Sitter in 3 portraits
Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey

Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey

1802-1894
Secretary for the Colonies
Sitter associated with 36 portraits
George Grote

George Grote

1794-1871
Classical historian and Liberal politician; MP for City of London
Sitter in 15 portraits