Search the Collection

Edmund Burke

(1729 or 1730-1797), Statesman

Sitter associated with 103 portraits
Burke was one of the eighteenth century's leading statesmen, political thinkers and writers. His impact on the Regency age centres on his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), a major work opposing the French Revolution which laid the foundations of modern British conservatism. Originally a Whig, he showed liberal support for the North American colonies and Catholic emancipation. Despite his early reputation as a reformer, Burke's Reflections expressed fears that revolutionary ideals would violently destroy essential British traditions and institutions. These views led him to break with the Whigs and side with the Tories, for whom he became a figurehead.

List Thumbnail

'Impeachment ticket. For the trial of W-rr-n H-st-ngs Esqr', by James Gillray - NPG D12943

'Impeachment ticket. For the trial of W-rr-n H-st-ngs Esqr'

by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching, circa February 1788
NPG D12943

'The battle of Bow-Street', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12998

'The battle of Bow-Street'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published July 1788
NPG D12998

'The installation-supper, as given at the Pantheon, by the Knights of the Bath on the 26th of May, 1788, by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13065

'The installation-supper, as given at the Pantheon, by the Knights of the Bath on the 26th of May, 1788

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 4 June 1788
NPG D13065

'The comet', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12251

'The comet'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 18 February 1789
NPG D12251

'The Regency twelfth cake not cut up', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12252

'The Regency twelfth cake not cut up'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 19 February 1789
NPG D12252

'Barataria', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12253

'Barataria'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 11 March 1789
NPG D12253

'Neddy's black box' (King George IV; King Charles I (head of); Edmund Burke; Richard Brinsley Sheridan), by Thomas Rowlandson, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12397

'Neddy's black box' (King George IV; King Charles I (head of); Edmund Burke; Richard Brinsley Sheridan)

by Thomas Rowlandson, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 30 January 1789
NPG D12397

'The funeral procession of Miss Regency', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13053

'The funeral procession of Miss Regency'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 29 April 1789
NPG D13053

Edmund Burke, by John Jones, after  George Romney - NPG D32419

Edmund Burke

by John Jones, after George Romney
mezzotint, published 1790
NPG D32419

Edmund Burke, by John Jones, after  George Romney - NPG D11081

Edmund Burke

by John Jones, after George Romney
mezzotint, published 1790
NPG D11081

'Smelling out a rat; - or - the atheistical-revolutionist disturbed in his midnight 'calculations'', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12411

'Smelling out a rat; - or - the atheistical-revolutionist disturbed in his midnight 'calculations''

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 3 December 1790
NPG D12411

'The impeachment, - or - 'the father of the gang, turnd Kings evidence'', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12419

'The impeachment, - or - 'the father of the gang, turnd Kings evidence''

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published May 1791
NPG D12419

'A uniform whig' (King George III; Edmund Burke), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12431

'A uniform whig' (King George III; Edmund Burke)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 16 November 1791
NPG D12431

'The dagger scene; - or - the plot discover'd', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12467

'The dagger scene; - or - the plot discover'd'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 30 December 1792
NPG D12467

Edmund Burke ('The chancellor of the inquisition marking the incorrigibles'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12473

Edmund Burke ('The chancellor of the inquisition marking the incorrigibles')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 19 March 1793
NPG D12473

'The last scene of the managers farce', by James Sayers, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12249

'The last scene of the managers farce'

by James Sayers, published by Hannah Humphrey
etching, published 8 May 1795
NPG D12249

'John Bull ground down', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12527

'John Bull ground down'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 June 1795
NPG D12527

Related People

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.