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Francis Dashwood, 11th Baron Le Despencer

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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).

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    1776

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    73.7 x 61 cm

  • Accession number

    1345

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1903

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