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George Canning (1770-1827), Prime Minister

Sitter associated with 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
oil on canvas, 1793-1795
NPG 745

316a(10)

George Canning

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

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George Canning

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

282

George Canning

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

1338

George Canning

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

1832

George Canning

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

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

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

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

D32582

George Canning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

D13115

'Phaeton alarm'd!'

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

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

D12917

'Pandora opening her box'

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

D12921

'Overthrow of the Republican-Babel'

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

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