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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
Sitter in 12 portraits
(Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne Ashley

(Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne Ashley

1836-1907
Politician and biographer
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Henry Brookfield

William Henry Brookfield

1809-1874
Queen Victoria's Chaplain-in-Ordinary and Cleric
Sitter in 2 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
Sitter in 18 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
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
James Anthony Froude

James Anthony Froude

1818-1894
Historian and editor of 'Fraser's Magazine'
Sitter associated with 29 portraits
Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant-Duff

Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant-Duff

1829-1906
Statesman and author
Sitter in 7 portraits
Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville

Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville

1815-1891
Politician, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and leader of the Liberal party
Sitter associated with 52 portraits
Frederick Greenwood

Frederick Greenwood

1830-1909
Journalist
Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Eddy Hamilton

Eddy Hamilton

1847-1908
Civil servant and diarist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir William Vernon Harcourt

Sir William Vernon Harcourt

1827-1904
Lawyer, journalist and Liberal politician; MP for Oxford and Derby, Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the British Liberal Party
Sitter in 54 portraits
Frederic Harrison

Frederic Harrison

1831-1923
Writer, positivist and historian
Sitter in 10 portraits
Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert

Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert

1831-1905
Colonial official
Sitter in 2 portraits