William Henry Grenfell, Baron Desborough(1855-1945), Fencer, rower and Liberal politician; MP for Salisbury and Wycombe
Sitter in 18 portraits
Politician and athlete; President of the Oxford University Boat Club, Amateur Fencing Association, Marylebone Cricket Club, Lawn Tennis Association and the Olympic games held in London in 1908. He won a silver medal for Fencing in the 1906 Intercalated Games and was punting champion of the Upper Thames. Margot Asquith described him as 'a British gladiator, capable of challenging the world in boating and boxing'. He married 'Ettie' in 1887 and they became core members of 'the Souls', hosting house parties at Taplow Court. He became a Liberal MP for Salisbury in 1880 and later a Conservative MP for Wycombe in 1900.
by Lafayette, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 20 December 1890
Read our latest news and have your say.
Identify our Silhouettes
Join enthusiastic contributors who have already identified 155 sitters.
Tell us more about our Silvy sitters
Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.