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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.

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

1766-1839
Landowner; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland
Sitter associated with 26 portraits
Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

1778-1868
Lord Chancellor
Sitter associated with 280 portraits
Lord Byron

Lord Byron

1788-1824
Poet
Sitter in 37 portraits
Charles James Fox

Charles James Fox

1749-1806
Whig statesman
Sitter associated with 308 portraits
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

1764-1845
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 189 portraits
Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland

Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland

1773-1840
Whig statesman and patron of art and letters
Sitter associated with 57 portraits
Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

1773-1850
Scottish judge and critic; editor of the 'Edinburgh Review'
Sitter in 11 portraits
Lady Caroline Lamb

Lady Caroline Lamb

1785-1828
Novelist; Wife of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
Sitter in 2 portraits
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne

1780-1863
Whig politician; Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord President of the Council
Sitter associated with 77 portraits
Louis-Philippe I, King of the French

Louis-Philippe I, King of the French

1773-1850
King of France 1830-1848
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

1800-1859
Historian, poet and politician; MP for Calne, Leeds and Edinburgh
Sitter in 26 portraits
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

1779-1848
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 159 portraits
Emily Mary ('Amelia') (née Lamb), Viscountess Palmerston

Emily Mary ('Amelia') (née Lamb), Viscountess Palmerston

1787-1869
Political hostess; wife of 3rd Viscount Palmerston
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir Anthony Panizzi

Sir Anthony Panizzi

1797-1879
Principal Librarian of the British Museum
Sitter in 10 portraits
Samuel Rogers

Samuel Rogers

1763-1855
Poet, banker and art connoisseur
Sitter in 23 portraits
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

1792-1878
Prime Minister and writer
Sitter associated with 249 portraits
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

1751-1816
Dramatist and parliamentary orator
Sitter associated with 168 portraits
Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope

Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope

1805-1875
Historian; founding member and first chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery and Conservative politician; MP for Hertford
Sitter in 23 portraits
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