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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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The Milan Garland or Revels round the Vice Post

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

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Diplomatic smuggling or birth day April fools

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

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Diogenese in Search of an Honest Ministry

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

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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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George and the Dragon

by Henry Heath, published by John Fairburn
hand-coloured etching, published 29 April 1827
NPG D46032

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George Canning

by and published by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 20 July 1827
NPG D16121

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George Canning

by and published by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 20 July 1827
NPG D19677

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