Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds (1751-1799), Foreign Secretary

Statesman; 3rd son of 4th Duke of Leeds and Lady Mary Godolphin; sty. Marquess of Carmarthen 1761; Dilettante 1774; MP 1774-75; to House of Lords as Lord Osborne (his father’s barony) 1776; FSA 1776; ambassador to Paris 1783; foreign secretary 1783-91; succeeded as 5th Duke 1789; KG 1790 but never installed; pall-bearer at Reynolds’s funeral.

‘the prettiest man in his person, the most polite and pleasing in his manners’ (Mrs Elizabeth Montagu, 1777).

‘highly accomplished, of the most pleasing manners, of very elegant deportment, of a lofty mind, and of considerable talents ... endowed with a very independent mind’ (Sir Nathaniel Wraxall, 1815).


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.