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23 People in sitter grouping: Peelites

The Peelites were the followers of the Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, after the division of parliament in 1846 due to Peel’s repulsion of the Corn Laws. His actions split the Conservative party and left Peel relying on the support from the Whig party (usually the opposition), to push the repeal through parliament. The Peelites as a group lacked organisation, with no formal headquarters, and Peel himself making no effort to send Whips to generate additional support. The only step taken towards publicising the views of the group was the purchase of the ‘Morning Chronicle’ in 1848, which became the published voice of the Peelites. After Peel’s unforeseen death in 1850, the group would not come into power again until a Whig-Peelite coalition was formalised in 1852, with George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen as Prime minister. The success was short-lived however, as in 1855 the Peelites where used as scapegoats for the troubles in the Crimea, and after a General Election in 1857, very few Peelites remained on the benches, the group having been absorbed fully by the Whigs.

William Ewart Gladstone

1809-1898
Prime Minister and writer
Sitter associated with 298 portraits

George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen

1784-1860
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 46 portraits

George Douglas Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll

1823-1900
Politician, Lord Privy Seal and Secretary of State for India and writer on science, religion, and politics
Sitter in 31 portraits

Henry Bingham Baring

1804-1869
MP for Marlborough
Sitter in 1 portrait

Henry Charles Fitzroy Somerset, 8th Duke of Beaufort

1824-1899
Politician, army officer and landowner
Sitter in 2 portraits

Sir Edmund Beckett -Denison, 4th Bt

1787-1874
Railway promoter and politician
Sitter in 1 portrait

Charles John Canning, Earl Canning

1812-1862
Governor-General and first viceroy of India
Sitter in 12 portraits

Edward Cardwell, Viscount Cardwell

1813-1886
Politician; MP for several constituencies and Secretary of State for War
Sitter in 23 portraits

Sir George Clerk, 6th Bt

1787-1867
Scottish politician; MP for several constituencies
Sitter in 2 portraits

Henry Goulburn

1784-1856
MP for Cambridge University
Sitter associated with 19 portraits

Sir James Robert George Graham, 2nd Bt

1792-1861
Statesman; First Lord of the Admiralty
Sitter associated with 52 portraits

John Hanmer, 1st Baron Hanmer

1809-1881
Politician, MP for several constituencies and poet
Sitter in 2 portraits

Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea

1810-1861
War Secretary
Sitter in 9 portraits

John Young, Baron Lisgar

1807-1876
Governor-General of Canada
Sitter in 2 portraits

Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne

1811-1864
Politician; MP for several constituencies
Sitter in 16 portraits

Sir Frederick Peel

1823-1906
Politician, MP for several constituencies and railway commissioner
Sitter in 2 portraits

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

1788-1850
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 174 portraits

Sir Robert Peel, 3rd Bt

1822-1895
Politician and eldest son of prime minister Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt
Sitter in 7 portraits

James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth

1648-1716
Lord Chancellor of Scotland
Sitter in 4 portraits

Sir Robert Joseph Phillimore, 1st Bt

1810-1885
Judge
Sitter in 4 portraits