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Sir Charles Clow Tennant, 1st Bt

(1823-1906), Scottish businessman, industrialist, Liberal politician and patron of art. MP for Glasgow and Peebles and Selkirk; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery

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Charles Tennant was the grandson of the chemist and industrialist of the same name. In 1843, he entered the St Rollox chemical works, which had been established by his grandfather to produce bleaching powder, and went on to become the largest alkali works in Britain. Tenant re-invigorated the ailing chemical works, becoming extremely wealthy in the process. In 1853, he bought The Glen estate in Peeblesshire, where he extensively remodelled the grounds and built a large mansion. He sat as a Liberal MP between 1879 and 1886, was a Trustee of the National Gallery and was appointed a Member of the Tariff Commission in 1904.

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Sir Charles Clow Tennant, 1st Bt, by (Pierre) François Verheyden - NPG 4745

Sir Charles Clow Tennant, 1st Bt

by (Pierre) François Verheyden
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 9 June 1883
NPG 4745

Sir Charles Clow Tennant, 1st Bt ('Statesmen. No. 423.'), by (Pierre) François Verheyden - NPG D44124

Sir Charles Clow Tennant, 1st Bt ('Statesmen. No. 423.')

by (Pierre) François Verheyden
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 9 June 1883
NPG D44124

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