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Robert Grosvenor, 1st Baron Ebury

(1801-1893), Courtier and Whig politician, Treasurer of the Household

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 10 portraits
Robert Grosvenor was the son of the 1st Marquess of Westminster, also Robert Grosvenor, and his wife, Eleanor. He entered the House of Commons as a Whig MP in 1822, where he remained until becoming Baron Ebury in 1857. Grosvenor served as Comptroller of the Household, was admitted to the Privy Council and was appointed Treasurer of the Household. His most controversial measure was his Sunday Trading Bill, introduced in 1855, forbidding most shops in London to open on Sundays. Apart from his political career, he was an active campaigner for Protestantism in the Church of England, and was the founder and president of the Society for the Revision of the Prayer-Book.

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