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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.

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince de Benevento

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince de Benevento

1754-1838
French foreign minister; ambassador to London 1830-34
Sitter in 23 portraits
George Tierney

George Tierney

1761-1830
Politician; MP for Southwark and Knaresborough
Sitter associated with 51 portraits
Joseph Blanco White

Joseph Blanco White

1775-1841
Theological writer
Sitter in 3 portraits