The Kit-Cat Club Done From the Original Paintings of Sr Godfrey Kneller by Mr. Faber. 1735.Edward Hopkins, William Walsh, John Tidcomb, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, Charles Dartiquenave, Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork, Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, Jacob Tonson I, Arthur Maynwaring, William Congreve, Edmund Dunch, John Dormer, Abraham Stanyan, George Stepney, Joseph Addison, Sir Richard Steele, Sir Samuel Garth, Sir John Vanbrugh, Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, John Somers, Baron Somers, John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery, Theophilus Hastings, 9th Earl of Huntingdon, Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton, Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne; Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln, Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston, William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire, Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, Thomas Hopkins, William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, Charles Cornwallis, 4th Baron Cornwallis, Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun, Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin, Richard Lumley, 2nd Earl of Scarbrough, Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex, Charles Montagu, 1st Duke of Manchester, James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley, Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox.
Folio, contemporary half russia, worn, upper cover detached; Dedication leaf and 47 mezzotint portraits, one double-page, tissue guards. Light water-staining to upper margin, title and margins a little browned but plates generally clean, the second plate with small marginal tear.
Association of early 18th-century Whig leaders that met in London. Members included the writers Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, and William Congreve and such political figures as Robert Walpole and the duke of Marlborough. The club was the center of opposition during Queen Anne's Tory ministry (1710–14). They first met in the tavern of Christopher Cat, whose mutton pies were called kit-cats, then on the Strand near to where Simpson on the Strand is now. All member portraits were painted at the instigation ofthe publisher Jacob Tonson (club secretary) who had built a club room for the purpose of their meetings at Barn Elms. These portraits where engraved in mezzotint by John Faber, 1731-4, and published in 1735. 48 portraits engraved on 47 plates, some were left unfinished by Kneller and were thus engraved by Faber, and some appear to be 'replicas' of original portraits, engraved before the collection was made. All shown at a length between HL and TQL, thereafter known as 'Kitcat', with a crest, numbered 1-47 in lower right.
Chaloner Smith 208 (1) - (47). Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd. Carrying a pencil inscription "Horace Walpole's Copy from The Strawberry Hill Collection" (not proven) and library stamp for V
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