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George Canning

(1770-1827), Prime Minister

Sitter in 46 portraits
A brilliant Tory statesman and orator, but distrusted for his opportunism and inconsistency. After a brief period following the Whigs, Canning entered Parliament in 1793 as a disciple of William Pitt. He is remembered as the architect of Britain's liberal foreign policy after the Napoleonic Wars, and for supporting the Greeks in their struggle against the Ottomans and the Latin American colonies against Spain and Portugal. Canning clashed with Lord Castlereagh over war strategy and fought a duel with him in 1809. After Castlereagh's death in 1822 he became Foreign Secretary again. Prime Minister in 1827, he died within four months.

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The House of Commons 1793-94, by Karl Anton Hickel - NPG 745

The House of Commons 1793-94

by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, 1793-1795
NPG 745

George Canning, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(10)

George Canning

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1818
NPG 316a(10)

George Canning, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 316a(174)

George Canning

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1818
NPG 316a(174)

George Canning, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 282

George Canning

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1821
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 282

George Canning, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, and completed by  Richard Evans - NPG 1338

George Canning

by Sir Thomas Lawrence, and completed by Richard Evans
oil on canvas, circa 1825
NPG 1338

George Canning, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 1832

George Canning

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1825
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1832

'Promis'd horrors of the French invasion, - or - forcible reasons for negotiating a regicide peace', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12579

'Promis'd horrors of the French invasion, - or - forcible reasons for negotiating a regicide peace'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 20 October 1796
NPG D12579

'The state waggoner, and John Bull - or - the waggon too much for the donkeys!', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12829

'The state waggoner, and John Bull - or - the waggon too much for the donkeys!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 14 March 1804
NPG D12829

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

George Canning, by John Young, after  John Hoppner - NPG D32582

George Canning

by John Young, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, published 1806
NPG D32582

'Political mathematician's, shaking the Broad Bottom'd hemispheres', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12884

'Political mathematician's, shaking the Broad Bottom'd hemispheres'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 9 January 1807
NPG D12884

'John Bull and the sinking-fund - a pretty scheme for reducing the taxes & paying-off the national debt!', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12885

'John Bull and the sinking-fund - a pretty scheme for reducing the taxes & paying-off the national debt!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 February 1807
NPG D12885

'Charon's boat - or - the ghost's of "All the Talents" taking their last voyage', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12895

'Charon's boat - or - the ghost's of "All the Talents" taking their last voyage'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 16 July 1807
NPG D12895

'British tars, towing the Danish fleet into harbour', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12896

'British tars, towing the Danish fleet into harbour'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 October 1807
NPG D12896

'Delicious dreams! - Castles in the air! - Glorious prospects!', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12905

'Delicious dreams! - Castles in the air! - Glorious prospects!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 10 April 1808
NPG D12905

'Broad-bottom drones storming the hive - wasps, hornets & bumble bees, joining in the attack', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12906

'Broad-bottom drones storming the hive - wasps, hornets & bumble bees, joining in the attack'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 May 1808
NPG D12906

'Phaeton alarm'd!', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13115

'Phaeton alarm'd!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, engraving and aquatint, published 22 March 1808
NPG D13115

'Disciples catching the mantle: - the spirit of darkness overshadowing the priests of Baal', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13116

'Disciples catching the mantle: - the spirit of darkness overshadowing the priests of Baal'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 25 June 1808
NPG D13116

'Pandora opening her box', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12917

'Pandora opening her box'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 22 February 1809
NPG D12917

'Overthrow of the Republican-Babel', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12921

'Overthrow of the Republican-Babel'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 May 1809
NPG D12921

'An old English-gentleman pester'd by servants wanting places', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12922

'An old English-gentleman pester'd by servants wanting places'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 16 May 1809
NPG D12922

'The introduction of the Pope to the convocation at Oxford, by the Cardinal Broad-Bottom', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12933

'The introduction of the Pope to the convocation at Oxford, by the Cardinal Broad-Bottom'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 December 1809
NPG D12933

George Canning, by William Say, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D32588

George Canning

by William Say, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1813
NPG D32588

George Canning, by Antoine Maurin, printed by  François Le Villain - NPG D32587

George Canning

by Antoine Maurin, printed by François Le Villain
lithograph, 1820s
NPG D32587

A May Day Garland for 1820, published by Samuel William Fores - NPG D36701

A May Day Garland for 1820

published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published May 1820
NPG D36701

The Time Piece! & Cunning Jack o' both sides, possibly by (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank, published by  George Humphrey - NPG D17928

The Time Piece! & Cunning Jack o' both sides

possibly by (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank, published by George Humphrey
etching, published June 1820
NPG D17928

George Canning, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after  Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG D22563

George Canning

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
etching, (1821)
NPG D22563

George Canning, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after  Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG D15490

George Canning

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
etching, (1821)
NPG D15490

George Canning, by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D32581

George Canning

by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1824
NPG D32581

George Canning, by Pierre Louis ('Henri') Grevedon, published by  Charles Etienne Pierre Motte - NPG D32580

George Canning

by Pierre Louis ('Henri') Grevedon, published by Charles Etienne Pierre Motte
lithograph, 1827
NPG D32580

George Canning, by Charles Turner, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D32584

George Canning

by Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1827
NPG D32584

George Canning, by Charles Turner, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D32585

George Canning

by Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1827
NPG D32585

George Canning, by Antoine Maurin, or by  Nicolas Eustache Maurin, printed by  Engelmann, Graf, Coindet & Co, published by  Godefroy Engelmann - NPG D32586

George Canning

by Antoine Maurin, or by Nicolas Eustache Maurin, printed by Engelmann, Graf, Coindet & Co, published by Godefroy Engelmann
lithograph, published 1827
NPG D32586

The King Commander in Chief; or, the Upset of the Waterloo-man, Bags & Baggage, by John Phillips, published by  George Humphrey - NPG D10676

The King Commander in Chief; or, the Upset of the Waterloo-man, Bags & Baggage

by John Phillips, published by George Humphrey
coloured etching, published 8 May 1827
NPG D10676

George Canning, possibly by Thomas Wells Ingram - NPG D36106

George Canning

possibly by Thomas Wells Ingram
bronze medal, 1827
NPG D36106

George Canning, by Unknown artist - NPG D42246

George Canning

by Unknown artist
bronze medallion, 1827 or after
NPG D42246

George Canning, by Charles Turner, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D1207

George Canning

by Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1827
NPG D1207

George Canning, by Charles Turner, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D1208

George Canning

by Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1827
NPG D1208

The Apparition.  A Cabinet Picture from the Downing St Collection, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D40936

The Apparition. A Cabinet Picture from the Downing St Collection

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published November 1829
NPG D40936

Scene from a Suppressed Tragedy entitled The Turco Greek Conspiracy, by John ('HB') Doyle, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41004

Scene from a Suppressed Tragedy entitled The Turco Greek Conspiracy

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 18 June 1830
NPG D41004

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