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A leading Tory MP, Dashwood served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1762 to 1763. He is better known for creating the 'Monks of Medmenham Abbey': a sinister club that mocked Catholic religious practices with feasting and fornication. Many senior public figures were members including John Wilkes and the Earl of Sandwich. Dashwood fell out with Wilkes after he condemned Wilkes's obscene Essay on Woman (1763).
oil on canvas
73.7 x 61 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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