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James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

(1673-1721), Soldier and statesman

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 11 portraits
Stanhope's early career was in the military, where he soon distinguished himself for his bravery and skill as a general. At the young age of thirty-five he was given the post of Commander in Chief of the British Forces in Spain. He was taken prisoner at Brihuega in 1710, and after his release returned to England where he became a prominent Whig politician. His impatience with politics meant he was more successful as a foreign diplomat, his charm and learning winning him many admirers. A hard drinker and a great scholar, Stahope died suddenly of a stroke following an emotional speech in the House of Lords.

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James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, by and sold by John Simon, sold by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D9195

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

by and sold by John Simon, sold by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1710-1714 (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D9195

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, by John Simon, sold by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D41854

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

by John Simon, sold by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1710-1714 (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D41854

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, by John Simon, sold by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D41855

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

by John Simon, sold by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1710-1714 (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D41855

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D27526

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D27526

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D27527

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D27527

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, after John Michael Rysbrack - NPG D27537

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

after John Michael Rysbrack
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D27537

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, by John Faber Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D9196

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1734 (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D9196

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, by John Faber Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D33112

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1734 (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D33112

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, by John Faber Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4291

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1734 (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D4291

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