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Anderson [née Bodley], (Alix Yveline) Ava Courtenay, Viscountess Waverley (1895–1974), political and social hostess  

Margaret O'Sullivan

Anderson [née Bodley], (Alix Yveline) Ava Courtenay, Viscountess Waverley (1895–1974), political and social hostess, was born in France on 12 December 1895, the only daughter and third of four children of the writer John Edward Courtenay Bodley (1853–1925) and his first wife, ...

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Cover Asquith, Margaret Emma Alice [Margot], countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945)

Asquith, Margaret Emma Alice [Margot], countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945)  

Maker: Baron Adolf de Meyer

Margaret Emma Alice Asquith, countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945) by Baron Adolf de Meyer, c. 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Asquith [née Tennant], Margaret Emma Alice [Margot], countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945), political hostess and diarist  

Eleanor Brock

Asquith [née Tennant], Margaret Emma Alice [Margot], countess of Oxford and Asquith (1864–1945), political hostess and diarist, was born on 2 February 1864, the sixth daughter and eleventh child of Sir Charles Tennant, first baronet (1823–1906), wealthy Scottish industrialist and Liberal MP, and his first wife, ...

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Balfour, Alice Blanche (1850–1936), entomologist, watercolourist, and political hostess  

Donald L. Opitz

Balfour, Alice Blanche (1850–1936), entomologist, watercolourist, and political hostess, was born at Queen Street, Edinburgh, on 20 October 1850, the youngest daughter of James Maitland Balfour (1820–1856), landowner, Conservative MP for Haddington (1841–7), and chairman of the North British Railway Company...

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Cover Cavendish, Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1806)

Cavendish, Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1806)  

Maker: Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Georgiana Cavendish, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1806) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1784 [with her daughter Lady Georgiana Cavendish] Chatsworth House. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Cavendish [née Spencer], Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1806), political hostess  

Amanda Foreman

Cavendish [née Spencer], Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1806), political hostess, was born in Wimbledon, Surrey, on 7 June 1757, the eldest daughter of John Spencer, first Earl Spencer (1734–1783), and his wife, Margaret Georgiana Spencer (née Poyntz) (1737–1814). Four more siblings followed, of whom two survived: ...

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Cecil [née Hill], Mary Amelia [Emily Mary], marchioness of Salisbury (1750–1835), political hostess and sportswoman  

E. H. Chalus

Cecil [née Hill], Mary Amelia [Emily Mary], marchioness of Salisbury (1750–1835), political hostess and sportswoman, was born and baptized in Dublin on 16 August 1750, the eldest daughter of Wills Hill, second Viscount Hillsborough and successively later first earl of Hillsborough and first marquess of Downshire...

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Cecil, Mary Amelia, marchioness of Salisbury (1750–1835)  

Maker: Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Mary Amelia Cecil, marchioness of Salisbury (1750–1835) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1780–81 [altered, 1787–9] The Marquess of Salisbury

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Crewe, Frances Anne, Lady Crewe (bap. 1748, d. 1818)  

Maker: Sir Thomas Lawrence

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Frances Anne Crewe, Lady Crewe (bap. 1748, d. 1818) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1810 private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Crewe [née Greville], Frances Anne, Lady Crewe (bap. 1748, d. 1818), political hostess  

Eric Salmon

Crewe [née Greville], Frances Anne, Lady Crewe (bap. 1748, d. 1818), political hostess, was baptized at Newton Toney, Wiltshire, on 28 November 1748, the only daughter of Fulke Greville (1717–1805), diplomat and man of fashion, and his wife, the poet Frances Greville, ...

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Fitzgerald [née Lennox; other married name Ogilvie], Emilia Mary [Emily], duchess of Leinster (1731–1814), political hostess  

Rosemary Richey

Fitzgerald [née Lennox; other married name Ogilvie], Emilia Mary [Emily], duchess of Leinster (1731–1814), political hostess, was born on 6 October 1731, the second of the seven surviving children of Charles Lennox, second duke of Richmond and Lennox (1701–1750), and his wife, ...

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Fitzgerald [Lennox], Emilia Mary, duchess of Leinster (1731–1814)  

Maker: Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Emilia Mary Fitzgerald, duchess of Leinster (1731–1814) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1774 private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fortescue, Frances Elizabeth Anne Parkinson- [née Frances Elizabeth Anne Braham; other married name Frances Elizabeth Anne Waldegrave, Countess Waldegrave] (1821–1879), political hostess  

K. D. Reynolds

Fortescue, Frances Elizabeth Anne Parkinson- [née Frances Elizabeth Anne Braham; other married name Frances Elizabeth Anne Waldegrave, Countess Waldegrave] (1821–1879), political hostess, was born on 4 January 1821 at 3 Tavistock Square, London, the third child and eldest daughter of John Braham (1777?–1856)...

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Cover Fortescue, Frances Elizabeth Anne Parkinson- (1821–1879)

Fortescue, Frances Elizabeth Anne Parkinson- (1821–1879)  

Maker: Camille Silvy

Frances Elizabeth Anne Parkinson- Fortescue (1821–1879) by Camille Silvy, 1861 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Lady Holland (1771?–1845) by Robert Fagan, 1793 courtesy of private collection

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Fox, Elizabeth Vassall [née Elizabeth Vassall], Lady Holland [other married name Elizabeth Vassall Webster, Lady Webster] (1771?–1845), political and literary hostess  

C. J. Wright

Fox, Elizabeth Vassall [née Elizabeth Vassall], Lady Holland [other married name Elizabeth Vassall Webster, Lady Webster] (1771?–1845), political and literary hostess, was the only child of Richard Vassall (1732–1795), the heir to three Jamaican sugar plantations, by his marriage in spring 1770 to ...

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Gordon [née Maxwell], Jane, duchess of Gordon (1748/9–1812), political hostess and agricultural reformer  

Christine Lodge

Gordon [née Maxwell], Jane, duchess of Gordon (1748/9–1812), political hostess and agricultural reformer, was born at Hyndford's Close, Edinburgh, the third of the four children of Sir William Maxwell of Monreith, Wigtownshire, third baronet, (c.1712–1771), and his wife, Magdalene, daughter of ...

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Gordon, Jane, duchess of Gordon (1748/9–1812)  

Maker: George Romney

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Jane Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1748/99–1812) by George Romney, 1778 [ and George Gordon, marquess of Huntly, later fifth duke of Gordon (1770–1836)] Scottish National Portrait Gallery