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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.

Henry Hallam

Henry Hallam

1777-1859
Historian
Sitter in 13 portraits
James Hare

James Hare

1747-1804
Social celebrity and politician
Sitter in 2 portraits
Elizabeth Vassall Fox (née Vassall), Lady Holland (formerly Webster)

Elizabeth Vassall Fox (née Vassall), Lady Holland (formerly Webster)

1770-1845
Political and literary hostess; former wife of Sir Godfrey Webster, and later wife of 3rd Baron Holland
Sitter in 4 portraits
Francis Horner

Francis Horner

1778-1817
Political economist
Sitter in 5 portraits
James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale

James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale

1759-1839
Scottish politician and author of 'Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Public Wealth'
Sitter associated with 37 portraits
Sir James Mackintosh

Sir James Mackintosh

1765-1832
Philosopher
Sitter in 9 portraits
Edward Maltby

Edward Maltby

1770-1859
Bishop of Durham
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon

Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon

1790-1866
Whig politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sitter in 85 portraits
Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore

1779-1852
Poet and biographer of Byron
Sitter associated with 12 portraits
Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk

Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk

1746-1815
Politician; MP for Carlise and Arundel
Sitter associated with 55 portraits
Samuel Parr

Samuel Parr

1747-1825
Pedagogue and Whig pamphleteer
Sitter in 18 portraits
William Conyngham Plunket, 1st Baron Plunket

William Conyngham Plunket, 1st Baron Plunket

1764-1854
Lord Chancellor of Ireland
Sitter in 9 portraits
George Ponsonby

George Ponsonby

1755-1817
Lord Chancellor of Ireland
Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth

Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth

1782-1842
Bishop of Chichester
Sitter in 3 portraits
Robert Percy Smith (Bobus Smith)

Robert Percy Smith (Bobus Smith)

1770-1845
Advocate-general of Bengal
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith

1771-1845
Wit and Canon of St Paul's
Sitter in 9 portraits
John Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer

John Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer

1782-1845
Whig statesman
Sitter associated with 66 portraits
Lord Robert Spencer

Lord Robert Spencer

1747-1831
Third son of 3rd Duke of Marlborough
Sitter in 2 portraits