Francis Horner

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In 1802, Francis Horner helped to found the Edinburgh Review, for whose editor, Francis Jeffrey, he was to supply many articles in the next few years. Horner entered Parliament as a Whig MP in 1806; the main issue on which he campaigned was that of Catholic Emancipation.
He was part of the Holland House set, a circle of Whig politicians and men of letters which flourished around Henry Richard Fox, 3rd Baron Holland, and his wife, Elizabeth Vassall Fox, Lady Holland, at their mansion at Kensington.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Francis Horner




oil on canvas


H 128.9 x W 101.6 cm

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Given by wish of the sitter's brother, Leonard Horner, 1877

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