Kit-Cat Club


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Kit-Cat Club,

London political and literary club, active c.1700–1720. The membership of some four dozen included leading Whig politicians and London's best young writers. Among them were Charles Seymour, 6th duke of Somerset; Sir Robert Walpole; Thomas Pelham-Holles, duke of Newcastle; William Congreve; Joseph Addison; Sir Richard Steele; and Sir Godfrey KnellerKneller, Sir Godfrey
or Gottfried von Kniller
, 1646–1723, English portrait painter, b. Germany. After study in Amsterdam, Rome, and Venice, he settled in England in 1675, achieving success in fashionable circles and at court, where he was named principal painter
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, who did portraits of the members. The club was the center of opposition during Queen Anne's Tory ministry (1710–14).
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His collection features opera lovers enjoying a performance from a theatre's balcony, revellers enjoying a late night drink at a nightclub and dancers backstage at London's Kit-Cat Club.
bacAney to s is i in p nes Fra sub PouH His collection features opera lovers enjoying a performance from a theatre's balcony, revellers enjoying a late night drink at a nightclub and dancers backstage at London's Kit-Cat Club.
The Whig Kit-Cat Club, which flourished during the reign of Queen Anne, was named after either the man or his pies.
As tasty as such a book might be, the genuine topic of The Kit-Cat Club is even yummier.
Members of the Kit-Cat Club became the most esteemed writers of the era.
Soldier and herald, imprisoned in the Bastille as a possible spy, poet, playwright, wit and member of the celebrated Kit-Cat Club, he turned to architecture only later in life but with astonishing success--relying of course on the essential assistance of his long-suffering collaborator Nicholas Hawksmoor.
Kit Kat a chocolate bar, apparently from the Kit-Cat Club, an 18th century literary club located at the pie-house of Christopher (Kit) Cat in Shire Lane, London.
A new biography, The Toast of the Kit-Cat Club, written by Newcastle-born poet Linda France, now delves beyond the facts to capture the consciousness of Lady Mary (1689-1762).
Named for Christopher "Kit" Cat, the keeper of the tavern where the members originally met, the group became known as the Kit-Cat Club (Allen, 1933).
Addison renewed his friendship with members of the Kit-Cat Club, an association of prominent Whig leaders and literary figures of the day.
Both were members of the Whig club of wits, the Kit-Cat Club.
He was the original secretary and a prominent member of the Kit-Cat Club, a club of playgoers and dramatists.