Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

George Onslow, 1st Earl of Onslow (1731-1814), Politician; MP for Surrey

Courtier; son of Arthur ‘Speaker’ Onslow (see J. Kerslake, National Portrait Gallery, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977), and nephew by marriage of the 1st Duke of Newcastle; MP 1754-74, first a champion of Wilkes and latterly a loyal courtier; lord of the Treasury 1765-77; created Baron Cranley in May 1776 and succeeded his cousin as 4th Baron Onslow in October 1776, after which he briefly but extravagantly made improvements at Clandon; comptroller 1777-79 and treasurer of the Household 1779-80, and lord of the bedchamber from 1780, while maintaining the friendship of the Prince of Wales; created Earl of Onslow 1801.


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.