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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Arthur Onslow (1691-1768), Speaker of the House of Commons

Speaker of the House of Commons; educated at Winchester and Wadham College, Oxford; barrister, Middle Temple, 1713; MP for Guildford, 1720-27; privy councillor, 1728; chancellor to Queen Caroline, 1729; recorder of Guildford, 1737; MP for Surrey and speaker of the House of Commons, 1728-61; treasurer of the navy, 1734-42; opposed the regency bill, 1751; received an annuity of £3000 and freedom of the city, 1761; a trustee of the British Museum.

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Beckett 1949
B. Beckett, Hogarth, 1949.

Vulliamy 1953
C. E. Vulliamy, The Onslow Family, 1953.

Walker 1960
R. J. B. Walker, A Catalogue of paintings ... in the Palace of Westminster, 1960, unpublished MS.


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.