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Marlborough House Set


53 People in sitter grouping:

Following his marriage to Queen Alexandra in 1863, King Edward VII took residence at Malborough House, Pall Mall, London. Away from his mother Queen Victoria, the future King could assert some authority and take on the social role of the sovereignty. The house quickly became frequented by the glamorous leaders of high society and became the backdrop of many of the scandals of the day. There were still strict guidelines in place and while adultery was an accepted feature of the Marlborough House set, divorce was still considered unacceptable. Marlborough House also became a political court, where Edward and Alexandra's anti-Prussian and pro-Danish sympathies caused increasing tension between Queen Victoria and the couple. After Edward's accession in 1901, Marlborough House was considered part of the Edwardian establishment, with many of its members and regular visitors taking up roles in office.

Queen Alexandra

Queen Alexandra

1844-1925
Queen of Edward VII
Sitter associated with 478 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits
Lord Randolph Churchill

Lord Randolph Churchill

1849-1895
Politician; Secretary of State for India and MP for Woodstock and Paddington South
Sitter in 36 portraits
Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

Jeanette ('Jennie') Churchill (née Jerome), Lady Randolph Churchill

1854-1921
Society hostess and writer
Sitter in 25 portraits
King Edward VII

King Edward VII

1841-1910
Reigned 1901-10
Sitter associated with 505 portraits
Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st Bt

Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st Bt

1850-1931
Grocer and yachtsman
Sitter in 20 portraits
Frances Evelyn ('Daisy') Greville (née Maynard), Countess of Warwick

Frances Evelyn ('Daisy') Greville (née Maynard), Countess of Warwick

1861-1938
Society beauty and socialist writer; wife of 5th Earl of Warwick
Sitter associated with 42 portraits
Archibald Brabazon Sparrow Acheson, 4th Earl of Gosford

Archibald Brabazon Sparrow Acheson, 4th Earl of Gosford

1841-1922
Vice-Chamberlain to Queen Alexandra
Sitter in 1 portrait
Henry Gerard Sturt, 1st Baron Alington

Henry Gerard Sturt, 1st Baron Alington

1825-1904
Politician, sportsman and landowner
Sitter in 3 portraits
Evelyn Elizabeth Brinton (née Forbes)

Evelyn Elizabeth Brinton (née Forbes)

1868-1928
Former wife of William Dodge James, and later wife of John Chaytor Brinton; daughter of Sir Charles John Forbes 4th Bt
Sitter in 12 portraits
Peregrine Francis Adelbert Cust, 6th Baron Brownlow

Peregrine Francis Adelbert Cust, 6th Baron Brownlow

1899-1978
Lord-in-Waiting to Edward, Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII)
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel

Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel

1852-1921
Financier and philanthropist
Sitter in 7 portraits
Henry Chaplin, 1st Viscount Chaplin

Henry Chaplin, 1st Viscount Chaplin

1840-1923
Landowner, racehorse owner and conservative politician; MP for several constituencies
Sitter in 27 portraits
Luis Maria Augusto Pinto de Soveral, Marquess de Soveral

Luis Maria Augusto Pinto de Soveral, Marquess de Soveral

1855-1922
Portuguese ambassador
Sitter in 8 portraits
Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire

Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire

1833-1908
Politician and Captain
Sitter in 56 portraits
Louise Frederica Augusta Cavendish (née von Alten), Duchess of Devonshire (formerly Duchess of Manchester)

Louise Frederica Augusta Cavendish (née von Alten), Duchess of Devonshire (formerly Duchess of Manchester)

1832-1911
Mistress of the Robes to Queen Victoria; former wife of 7th Duke of Manchester, and later first wife of 8th Duke of Devonshire
Sitter in 10 portraits
Georgina Elizabeth Ward (née Moncreiffe), Countess of Dudley

Georgina Elizabeth Ward (née Moncreiffe), Countess of Dudley

1846-1929
Society beauty; second wife of 1st Earl Dudley; daughter of Sir Thomas Moncreiffe, 7th Bt
Sitter in 30 portraits
Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher

Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher

1852-1930
Government official
Sitter in 8 portraits
Horace Brand Farquhar, 1st Earl Farquhar

Horace Brand Farquhar, 1st Earl Farquhar

1844-1923
Financier and politician
Sitter in 4 portraits
Mary Emmeline Laura (née Milner), Lady Gerard

Mary Emmeline Laura (née Milner), Lady Gerard

1854-1918
Wife of 2nd Baron Gerard; daughter of Henry Beilby William Milner
Sitter in 2 portraits
Louisa Augusta Beatrice (née Montagu), Countess of Gosford

Louisa Augusta Beatrice (née Montagu), Countess of Gosford

1856-1944
Courtier; wife of 4th Earl of Gosford; second daughter of 7th Duke of Manchester
Sitter in 1 portrait
Montague John Guest

Montague John Guest

1839-1909
Politician; MP for Youghal and Wareham
Sitter in 6 portraits
Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst

Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst

1858-1944
Diplomat and viceroy of India
Sitter in 7 portraits
Winifred Selina (née Sturt), Lady Hardinge of Penshurst

Winifred Selina (née Sturt), Lady Hardinge of Penshurst

1868-1914
Wife of 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst; daughter of 1st Baron Alington
Sitter in 2 portraits
Charles Philip Yorke, 5th Earl of Hardwicke

Charles Philip Yorke, 5th Earl of Hardwicke

1836-1897
Sportsman and landowner
Sitter in 4 portraits
Charles Stanhope, 8th Earl of Harrington

Charles Stanhope, 8th Earl of Harrington

1844-1917
Aide-de-camp to King Edward VII
Sitter in 4 portraits
Frances Jane Horner (née Graham), Lady Horner

Frances Jane Horner (née Graham), Lady Horner

1854 or 1855-1940
Hostess and patron of the arts
Sitter in 5 portraits
Alice Keppel

Alice Keppel

1868-1947
Wife of George Keppel; mother of Violet Trefusis; mistress of King Edward VII
Sitter in 8 portraits
Sir Robert Nigel Fitzhardinge Kingscote

Sir Robert Nigel Fitzhardinge Kingscote

1830-1908
Lieutenant-colonel, agriculturalist and Liberal politician; MP for Gloucestershire West
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir William Thomas Knollys

Sir William Thomas Knollys

1797-1883
Soldier
Sitter in 3 portraits
Thomas William Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester of Holkham

Thomas William Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester of Holkham

1822-1909
Agriculturist and landowner
Sitter in 3 portraits
Hermione Wilhelmina Fitzgerald (née Duncombe), Duchess of Leinster

Hermione Wilhelmina Fitzgerald (née Duncombe), Duchess of Leinster

1864-1895
Society beauty; wife of 5th Duke of Leinster; daughter of 1st Earl of Feversham
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir George Granville Leveson-Gower

Sir George Granville Leveson-Gower

1858-1951
Writer, politician and private secretary to William Gladstone
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir John Pepys Lister-Kaye, 3rd Bt

Sir John Pepys Lister-Kaye, 3rd Bt

1853-1924
Lieutenant, Royal Horse Guards; Groom-in-Waiting to King Edward VII
Sitter in 3 portraits
Natica (née Yznaga), Lady Lister-Kaye

Natica (née Yznaga), Lady Lister-Kaye

1857-1943
Wife of Sir John Pepys Lister-Kaye, 3rd Bt; daughter of Antonio Modesto Yznaga del Valle and Ellen Maria Clement
Sitter in 5 portraits
Charles Stewart Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 6th Marquess of Londonderry

Charles Stewart Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 6th Marquess of Londonderry

1852-1915
Viceroy of Ireland
Sitter in 12 portraits
Consuelo Montagu (née Yznaga), Duchess of Manchester

Consuelo Montagu (née Yznaga), Duchess of Manchester

1853-1909
Socialite; wife of 8th Duke of Manchester; daughter of Antonio Modesto Yznaga del Valle and Ellen Maria Clement
Sitter in 7 portraits
Francis Bingham Mildmay, 1st Baron Mildmay of Flete

Francis Bingham Mildmay, 1st Baron Mildmay of Flete

1861-1947
Director of Great Western Railway Company
Sitter in 2 portraits
Mildred Cecilia Harriet, Lady Montagu

Mildred Cecilia Harriet, Lady Montagu

1869-1942
Former wife of Henry Arthur Cadogan, Viscount Chelsea and of Sir Hedworth Meux, and later wife of Lord Charles William Augustus Montagu
Sitter in 2 portraits
Hon. Oliver George Paulett Montagu

Hon. Oliver George Paulett Montagu

1844-1893
Army officer; son of 7th Earl of Sandwich
Sitter in 3 portraits