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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Baker Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield (1735-1821), Statesman

Statesman; served with 21st Dragoons 1760-63; travelled in Europe 1763-66; MP 1781-84, 1790-1802, an accomplished spokesman on commerce and agriculture; created Baron Sheffield of Dunamore [I] 1781, Baron Sheffield of Roscommon [I] 1783, Baron Sheffield [GB] 1802, and Earl of Sheffield [I] 1816; FRS 1783; friend and editor of Edward Gibbon, whom he first met at Lausanne in 1764.

‘friendly, honourable, well informed, and sedulous’ (William, 1st Baron Auckland, 1806).

‘always employed for himself, his friends, and the public, and always persuading himself that he wishes for leisure and repose’ (Edward Gibbon, 1792).


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.