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Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer

(1708-1781), Conservative politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer and rake

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
A leading Tory MP, Dashwood served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1762 to 1763. He is better known for creating the 'Monks of Medmenham Abbey': a sinister club that mocked Catholic religious practices with feasting and fornication. Many senior public figures were members including John Wilkes and the Earl of Sandwich. Dashwood fell out with Wilkes after he condemned Wilkes's obscene Essay on Woman (1763). His moral hypocrisy was attacked in poems by Charles Churchill and in popular satirical prints. Dashwood was also a leading light in the Society of Dilettanti and commissioned the construction of West Wycombe Park and Church.

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Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer, by Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) - NPG 1345

Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer

by Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
oil on canvas, circa 1776
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1345

Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer, by John Faber Jr, after  Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière) - NPG D5031

Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer

by John Faber Jr, after Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière)
mezzotint, 1753 (1739)
NPG D5031

Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer, by John Faber Jr, after  Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière) - NPG D5032

Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer

by John Faber Jr, after Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière)
mezzotint, 1753 (1739)
NPG D5032

Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer, by John Faber Jr, after  Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière) - NPG D5033

Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer

by John Faber Jr, after Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière)
mezzotint, 1753 (1739)
NPG D5033

Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer, by John Faber Jr, after  Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière) - NPG D19212

Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer

by John Faber Jr, after Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière)
mezzotint, 1753 (1739)
NPG D19212

'Sir Francis Dashwood worshipping Venus', by William Platt, after  William Hogarth - NPG D37234

'Sir Francis Dashwood worshipping Venus'

by William Platt, after William Hogarth
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D37234

'Sir Francis Dashwood worshipping Venus', by William Platt, after  William Hogarth - NPG D37235

'Sir Francis Dashwood worshipping Venus'

by William Platt, after William Hogarth
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D37235

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'Miss B-y and Lord le Despencer' (Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer)

published by Archibald Hamilton Jr
etching, published 1 February 1774
NPG D14191

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