Is Earl Grey your cup of tea? The man and his legacy.

Charles Grey in blue coat, white waistcoat and tied cravat, and powdered hair, by Henry Bone (after Thomas Lawrence), August He had a illegitimate daughter with Georgina Duchess of Devonshire

PRIME MINISTER: Henry Addington (30/05/1757), 1st Viscount Sidmouth (1757-1844). Prime Minister: 1801-1804

Henry Addington created viscount Sidmouth Addington was the son of Dr Anthony Addington and a childhood friend of the Pitt brothers. He succeeded Pitt as prime minister in although the two men later fell out politically.

Lord Granville Leveson Gower, later 1st Earl Granville, had a long-standing affair with Harriet, Lady Duncannon, later Countess of Bessborough, who bore him 2 children. But he finally broke her heart when he married her niece Harriet, her sister Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire's daughter. Lady Rose Bowes-Lyon, sister of the Queen Mother, married his descendant, the 4th Earl.

Lord Granville Leveson Gower, created Earl Granville in one of the most beautiful men of his generation, had an affair with Lady Bessborough and married her niece, Lady Harriet Cavendish

Charles Grey

Tea Tuesday: Earl Grey is Also Great to Eat with Afternoon Tea

Earl Grey - Charles Grey, Baron of Howick in the County of Northumberland. A prominent Whig politician and served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1830 to Earl Grey tea was named after him

Lady Georgiana Spencer by Thomas Gainsborough

Georgiana by Thomas Gainsborough

masterpiecedaily: “ Thomas Gainsborough Portrait of Lady Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire 1787 ”

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. The Duchess of Devonshire was a celebrated beauty and socialite who gathered around her a large salon of literary and political figures. She was also an active political campaigner in an age when women's suffrage was still over a century away. The Spencers and the Cavendishes were Whigs.

A beautiful portrait of the Duchess by Thomas Gainsborough, painted in This sumptuous work was commissioned by Georgiana’s mother, Countess Spencer and hung at the family seat, Althorp …

In 1560, Lady Katherine Grey, claimant to the throne if Elizabeth I should die childless, foiled Elizabeth I's politically motivated plan to have her married to the fervent Scottish Protestant, the Earl of Arran, by marrying Edward Seymour in secret, without the queen's permission (a punishable crime). Elizabeth imprisoned them in the Tower. Katherine died age 27, having borne two sons in prison. Both were deemed illegitimate, ineligible to succeed the throne.

Lady Catherine Gray, Granddaughter of Princess Mary Tudor, and her son Edward Seymour, Lord Beauchamp of Hache

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt by Thomas Phillips National Portrait Gallery, London Born	17 December 1778 Penzance, Cornwall, England Died	29 May 1829 (aged 50) Geneva, Switzerland

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt by Thomas Phillips, National Portrait Gallery, London

The Duchess of Devonshire's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: Hunk Alert: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Richard Brinsley Sheridan by John Hoppner. Sheridan was the long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and known for his plays such as The Rivals, The School for Scandal.

Lady Elizabeth Foster, 1787.  In 1782, Bess met the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in Bath, and quickly became Georgiana's closest friend.  She lived in a ménage a trois with Georgiana and her husband, William, the 5th Duke of Devonshire, for about 25 years. She bore a son and a daughter by the Duke, who were raised with the Duke's legitimate children by Georgiana. Lady Bess married the Duke in 1809, three years after the death of his first wife.

Lady Elizabeth Foster, 1787 by Joshua Reynolds. Is best known as an early woman novelist, and as the close friend of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. Elizabeth supplanted the Duchess, gaining the Duke's affections and later marrying him.

Portrait of Mrs. Charles James Fox (the former Elizabeth Armistead). Isn't she gorgeous? So like Cecilia!

Charles James Fox (the former Elizabeth Armistead). So like Cecilia!

Hart, son of the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer

Hart, son of the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer. Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great aunt of Princes Diana.

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806), 1813, Watercolour on ivory 19.2 x 15.6 cm Painted for George IV when Prince Regent RCIN 42081, The Royal Collection

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire Watercolour on ivory x cm Painted for George IV when Prince Regent RCIN The Royal Collection