Henry Thomas Hope

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Henry Thomas Hope (30 April 1808 in London – 4 December 1862 at 116 Piccadilly, London) was a British MP and patron of the arts.


He was the eldest of Thomas Hope (1769–1831) and Louisa de la Poer Beresford's three sons, but was estranged from his brothers (including Alexander James Beresford Hope) when he inherited their father's art collections, wealth and property along with those of their uncle Henry Phillip Hope (died 1839).

He entered a political career after an education at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge (1825–29).[1] He also founded the Art Union of London and the Royal Botanical Society, as well as serving as vice-president of the Society of Arts and president of the Surrey Archaeological Society. Displaying his old masters collection to the public at his London house on Duchess Street, a mansion at 116 Piccadilly and at Deepdene, Surrey, he was also a patron to idealists such as Young England and the Spanish Carlists and helped organise the 1851 Great Exhibition. He also bought and restored the Castleblayney estate in County Monaghan. He chaired the Eastern Steam Navigation Company for Isambard Kingdom Brunel from 1851 to 1858 and, with Henry having been the Great Eastern's chief fundraiser, it was his daughter Henrietta who named it 1857.

In 1853, he purchased Blayney Castle in Castleblayney, County Monaghan, Ireland, from The 12th Baron Blayney. He renamed the country house as Hope Castle.


  • East Looe, a rotten borough (1829–32)
  • Gloucester, stood unsuccessfully in December 1832
  • Marylebone, stood unsuccessfully in March 1833
  • Gloucester, 1833–52

Marriage and issue

In 1851 he married Anne Adele Bichat, having already had a daughter named Henrietta with her in 1843. The marriage legitimated Henrietta, who in 1861 married Lord Lincoln (later sixth Duke of Newcastle).


  1. "Hope, Henry Thomas (HP825HT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Drummond Buller-Elphinstone
William Lascelles
Member of Parliament for East Looe
1829 – 1832
With: William Lascelles to 1830
Thomas Arthur Kemmis from 1830
constituency abolished
Preceded by
Maurice Berkeley
John Phillpotts
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
1833 – 1841
With: John Phillpotts to 1835
Maurice Berkeley 1835–37
John Phillpotts from 1837
Succeeded by
John Phillpotts
Maurice Berkeley
Preceded by
John Phillpotts
Maurice Berkeley
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
With: Maurice Berkeley
Succeeded by
Maurice Berkeley
William Philip Price