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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

(1784-1865), Prime Minister

Sitter in 145 portraits
Politician who served twice as Prime Minister. He was in government office almost continuously from 1807 until his death in 1865, beginning his parliamentary career as a Tory and concluding it as a Liberal. He served successively as: Secretary at War (1809-28); Foreign Secretary (1830-41 and 1846-51); Home Secretary (1853-5) and Prime Minister (1855-8 and 1859-65). He is best remembered for his direction of British foreign policy through a period when the United Kingdom was at the height of its colonial power. His vigorous policy of intervention, often controversial at the time, made him one of the greatest Victorian statesman and among the most powerful figures in European politics.

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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Thomas Heaphy - NPG 751

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Thomas Heaphy
watercolour and pencil, July 1802
NPG 751

The House of Commons, 1833, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 54

The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 54

The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846, by John Partridge - NPG 342

The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846

by John Partridge
oil on canvas, circa 1846-1853
NPG 342

'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846', by John Partridge - NPG 343a

'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by John Partridge
oil on paper, circa 1846
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 343a

Sketch for 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846', by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha - NPG 343b

Sketch for 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
pencil, circa 1846
NPG 343b

The Coalition Ministry, 1854, by Sir John Gilbert - NPG 1125

The Coalition Ministry, 1854

by Sir John Gilbert
pencil, pen and ink and wash, 1855
NPG 1125

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Francis Cruikshank - NPG 3953

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Francis Cruikshank
oil on canvas, circa 1855-1859
NPG 3953

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854', by William Walker, after  Sir John Gilbert - NPG 1125a

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
NPG 1125a

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by (George) Herbert Watkins - NPG P301(2)

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, 30 March 1857
NPG P301(2)

Visitors to Broadlands, 1859, possibly by Graham Vivian - NPG P153

Visitors to Broadlands, 1859

possibly by Graham Vivian
salt print, 1859
NPG P153

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Edward William Wyon - NPG 4508

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Edward William Wyon
Wedgwood parian-ware bust, circa 1865
NPG 4508

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by George Gammon Adams - NPG 1206

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by George Gammon Adams
plaster cast of bust, circa 1867
NPG 1206

Key to 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846', by Sir George Scharf - NPG 343c

Key to 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by Sir George Scharf
pen and ink and wash, 1872
NPG 343c

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG 5412

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, pen and pencil
NPG 5412

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by (George) Herbert Watkins - NPG x11978

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 30 March 1857
NPG x11978

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by and after (George) Herbert Watkins - NPG x11979

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by and after (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1850s (30 March 1857)
NPG x11979

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x11967

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1857
NPG x11967

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by (George) Herbert Watkins - NPG Ax7901

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, 1857
NPG Ax7901

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x11965

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1857
NPG x11965

'The Political Deerfoot', after Unknown artist - NPG x197097

'The Political Deerfoot'

after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1850s
NPG x197097

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax11975

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860-1865
NPG Ax11975

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax29683

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG Ax29683

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Paul Emile Chappuis - NPG Ax17747

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Paul Emile Chappuis
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860-1865
NPG Ax17747

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax17784

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860-1865
NPG Ax17784

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Camille Silvy - NPG x11972

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG x11972

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Camille Silvy - NPG x11974

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Camille Silvy
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG x11974

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Camille Silvy - NPG x17023

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG x17023

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x11977

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen print on paper mount, 1860-1865
NPG x11977

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x134622

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860-1865
NPG x134622

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Mayer & Pierson - NPG x139651

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Mayer & Pierson
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x139651

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Camille Silvy - NPG x11973

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG x11973

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