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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham (1695-1770), Diplomat

Diplomat; secretary and later chargé d'affaires, 1723, English embassy, Paris; ambassador to Vienna, 1730-48; joint plenipotentiary for the peace at Aix-la-Chapelle, 1748, and among other offices secretary of state, 1754-55, for the southern department and joint postmaster-general, 1765-67; MP for Thirsk and Christchurch; created Baron, 1761.

‘... a large unwieldy man, and [who] would in debate put his arms straight out, which made George Selwyn compare him to a signpost.’ [1]

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1) G. E. Cockayne, The Complete Peerage, revised by V. Gibbs (and others), 1910-59, VI, p 83, citing Colebrook.

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Fosca 1928
F. Fosca, Liotard (Les petits maîtres français), Paris, 1928.

Horn 1932
D. B. Horn, British Diplomatic Representatives 1689-1789 (Royal Historical Society, Camden, 3rd series XLVI), 1932.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.