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Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton (1773-1848), Financier

Sitter in 10 portraits
Alexander Baring was brought up in his father's banking business, and spent from 1795 to 1801 in the United States working on various land deals for the firm. On his father's death in 1810 he became head of the family firm, changing its name to Baring Brothers & Co. Baring was an MP from 1806 until 1835 when he was created Baron Ashburton. Initially he sat as a Whig, however he became progressively more conservative. He was opposed to parliamentary reform and his party's support of it led him to move to the Tory benches.

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The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
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The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846

by John Partridge
oil on canvas, circa 1846-1853
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'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by John Partridge
oil on paper, circa 1846
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Sketch for 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
pencil, circa 1846
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Key to 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by Sir George Scharf
pen and ink and wash, 1872
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D41025

Retaliation (Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt; Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton; Joseph Hume)

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 17 November 1830
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D41136

A Most Extraordinary Rat!

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 22 May 1832
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D41206

A Clear Case of Political Petty Larceny (Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough; Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton)

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 7 July 1833
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D41314

A Rural Subject

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Ducôte & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 16 March 1835
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D7396

Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton

by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1837
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