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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.

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D12943

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

by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching, circa February 1788
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D12998

'The battle of Bow-Street'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published July 1788
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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
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D12251

'The comet'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 18 February 1789
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D12252

'The Regency twelfth cake not cut up'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 19 February 1789
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D12253

'Barataria'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 11 March 1789
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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
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D13053

'The funeral procession of Miss Regency'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 29 April 1789
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D32419

Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke

by John Jones, after George Romney
mezzotint, published 1790
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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
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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
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D12431

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

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 16 November 1791
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D12467

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

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 30 December 1792
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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
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D12249

'The last scene of the managers farce'

by James Sayers, published by Hannah Humphrey
etching, published 8 May 1795
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D12527

'John Bull ground down'

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