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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.

Farrer Herschell, 1st Baron Herschell

Farrer Herschell, 1st Baron Herschell

1837-1899
Lord Chancellor
Sitter in 15 portraits
Matthew James Higgins

Matthew James Higgins

1810-1868
Author of 'Jacob Omnium' and journalist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton

Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton

1809-1885
Poet, patron of literature and politician; MP for Pontefract
Sitter in 14 portraits
No individual image available for this person

John William Inchbold

1830-1888
Painter
Artist associated with 1 portrait
John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley

John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley

1826-1902
Politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies and Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 16 portraits
Alexander William Kinglake

Alexander William Kinglake

1809-1891
Historian and travel writer
Sitter in 8 portraits
Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne

Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne

1845-1927
Viceroy of India and Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 28 portraits
Sir Austen Henry Layard

Sir Austen Henry Layard

1817-1894
Politician, diplomat and archaeologist
Sitter in 23 portraits
Henry Brougham Loch, 1st Baron Loch

Henry Brougham Loch, 1st Baron Loch

1827-1900
Colonial administrator
Sitter in 8 portraits
Carlo Marochetti

Carlo Marochetti

1805-1867
Sculptor
Sitter in 12 portraits | Artist associated with 11 portraits
Robert Braithwaite Martineau

Robert Braithwaite Martineau

1826-1869
Painter
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Sir Robert Burnett David Morier

Sir Robert Burnett David Morier

1826-1893
Diplomat
Sitter in 3 portraits
Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook

Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook

1826-1904
Politician, First Lord of the Admiralty and viceroy of India
Sitter in 16 portraits
Laurence Oliphant

Laurence Oliphant

1829-1888
Diplomatist and traveller
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir James Outram, 1st Bt

Sir James Outram, 1st Bt

1803-1863
Lieutenant-General
Sitter in 10 portraits
Francis Turner Palgrave

Francis Turner Palgrave

1824-1897
Poet and critic; son of Sir Francis Palgrave
Sitter in 1 portrait
Henry Wyndham Phillips

Henry Wyndham Phillips

1820-1868
Painter
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist associated with 34 portraits
Sir William Overend Priestley

Sir William Overend Priestley

1829-1900
Obstetric physician and politician
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Richard Quain, Bt

Sir Richard Quain, Bt

1816-1898
Physician
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, 1st Bt

Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, 1st Bt

1810-1895
Soldier, diplomat and Assyriologist
Sitter in 11 portraits