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Profession; British Prime Ministers

As head of the elected UK government, the Prime Minister is responsible for policy and decisions of Her Majesty's Government. As principle figure in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister's responsibilities include appointing members of the government, chairing cabinet meetings and managing the operation of the Civil Service. Until the beginning of the 20th century the office of Prime Minister was unpaid and unrecognized by law, most held the salary, residence (at 10 Downing Street) and office of First Lord of the Treasury. Who the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was has been much disputed, but many consider Sir Robert Walpole to be the first, in 1721.

William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne

1737-1805
Prime Minister and patron of the arts
Sitter associated with 67 portraits

Bonar Law

1858-1923
Prime Minister and businessman
Sitter in 22 portraits

Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

1770-1828
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 50 portraits

David Lloyd George

1863-1945
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 127 portraits

Ramsay MacDonald

1866-1937
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 67 portraits

John Major

1943-
Prime Minister
Sitter in 13 portraits

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

1779-1848
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 159 portraits

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

1676-1745
Prime Minister
Sitter in 27 portraits

Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith

1852-1928
Prime Minister
Sitter in 71 portraits

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

1784-1865
Prime Minister
Sitter in 145 portraits

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

1788-1850
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 226 portraits

Spencer Perceval

1762-1812
Prime Minister
Sitter in 19 portraits

William Pitt

1759-1806
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 168 portraits

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

1792-1878
Prime Minister and writer
Sitter in 244 portraits

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury

1830-1903
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 81 portraits

Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth

1757-1844
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 70 portraits

Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton

1894-1986
Prime Minister
Sitter in 36 portraits

Margaret Thatcher

1925-2013
Prime Minister
Sitter in 39 portraits

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

1769-1852
Field Marshal and Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 438 portraits

Harold Wilson

1916-1995
Prime Minister
Sitter in 42 portraits