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George Canning

(1770-1827), Prime Minister

Sitter in 47 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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'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 Milan Garland or Revels round the Vice Post, by Charles Williams, published by  John Johnston - NPG D46028

The Milan Garland or Revels round the Vice Post

by Charles Williams, published by John Johnston
hand-coloured etching, published July 1820
NPG D46028

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

Diplomatic smuggling or birth day April fools, by William Heath, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D46375

Diplomatic smuggling or birth day April fools

by William Heath, published by Samuel William Fores
etching, published 27 April 1823
NPG D46375

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

Diogenese in Search of an Honest Ministry, by Henry Heath, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D46030

Diogenese in Search of an Honest Ministry

by Henry Heath, published by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 30 April 1827
NPG D46030

The Game Cock and the Dunghills, by Henry Heath, published by  John Fairburn - NPG D46031

The Game Cock and the Dunghills

by Henry Heath, published by John Fairburn
hand-coloured etching, published 22 April 1827
NPG D46031

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