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Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

(1770-1844), Parliamentary reformer

Sitter associated with 118 portraits
An aristocrat and an independent MP, Burdett entered Parliament in 1796 to become the most influential radical politician. He championed free speech, personal liberty and radical state prisoners. In 1807, with the help of labour activist Francis Place, Burdett successfully stood for Westminster - a hotbed of radicalism. He was arrested and imprisoned for denouncing the House of Common's decision to bar journalists from some debates. Burdett became a national celebrity as 'Burdett and Liberty' riots exploded onto London's streets, marking a shift of popular sympathy towards electoral reform.

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Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt, by Unknown artist - NPG D7026

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

by Unknown artist
bronze token, early 19th century
NPG D7026

'Integrity retiring from office!', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12756

'Integrity retiring from office!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 24 February 1801
NPG D12756

'Preliminaries of peace! - or - John Bull, and his little friends "marching to Paris"', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12768

'Preliminaries of peace! - or - John Bull, and his little friends "marching to Paris"'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 6 October 1801
NPG D12768

'Political dreamings! - Visions of peace! - Perspective horrors!', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12769

'Political dreamings! - Visions of peace! - Perspective horrors!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 9 November 1801
NPG D12769

'Preparing for the grand attack, - or - a private rehearsal of "The ci-devant ministry in danger"', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12774

'Preparing for the grand attack, - or - a private rehearsal of "The ci-devant ministry in danger"'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 4 December 1801
NPG D12774

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt, by and published by Piercy Roberts - NPG D19556

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

by and published by Piercy Roberts
hand-coloured etching, published circa 1801-1807
NPG D19556

'Despair' (Richard Bateman Robson; John Horne Tooke; Thomas Tyrwhitt Jones; Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12787

'Despair' (Richard Bateman Robson; John Horne Tooke; Thomas Tyrwhitt Jones; Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 8 April 1802
NPG D12787

storming Heaven; - with, the gods alarmed for their everlasting-abodes', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13106

storming Heaven; - with, the gods alarmed for their everlasting-abodes'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, engraving and aquatint, published 1 May 1804
NPG D13106

'L'assemblée nationale: - or - grand cooperation meeting at St Ann's Hill', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13107

'L'assemblée nationale: - or - grand cooperation meeting at St Ann's Hill'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 18 June 1804
NPG D13107

'Middlesex-election. 1804', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13108

'Middlesex-election. 1804'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 7 August 1804
NPG D13108

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt, by Anthony Cardon, after  Richard Cosway - NPG D19935

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

by Anthony Cardon, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 1804
NPG D19935

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt, by George Dawe, after  Samuel Woodhouse - NPG D32399

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

by George Dawe, after Samuel Woodhouse
mezzotint, published 1805
NPG D32399

'Uncorking old-sherry', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12841

'Uncorking old-sherry'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 10 March 1805
NPG D12841

'The guardian-angel', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12842

'The guardian-angel'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 22 April 1805
NPG D12842

'End of the Irish farce of Catholic Emancipation', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13110

'End of the Irish farce of Catholic Emancipation'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 17 May 1805
NPG D13110

'Tiddy-doll, the great French-gingerbread-baker; drawing out a new batch of kings', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12857

'Tiddy-doll, the great French-gingerbread-baker; drawing out a new batch of kings'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 January 1806
NPG D12857

' - "More pigs than teats", - or - the new litter of hungry grunters, sucking John-Bull's-old-sow to death', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12861

' - "More pigs than teats", - or - the new litter of hungry grunters, sucking John-Bull's-old-sow to death'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 5 March 1806
NPG D12861

'Triumphal procession of little-Paul-the taylor upon his new-goose', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12881

'Triumphal procession of little-Paul-the taylor upon his new-goose'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 8 November 1806
NPG D12881

'View of the hustings in Covent Garden', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey, and published by  J. Budd, and published by  Richard Bagshaw - NPG D12883

'View of the hustings in Covent Garden'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey, and published by J. Budd, and published by Richard Bagshaw
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 15 December 1806
NPG D12883

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