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Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

(1854-1935), Ulster leader and advocate

Sitter in 20 portraits
A lawyer by training, Carson became Solicitor-General for Ireland in 1892 and for England in 1900. He made his name in some famous legal cases, notably the libel action brought by Oscar Wilde against the Marquess of Queensberry in 1895. A fervent Unionist, in 1910 he became leader of the Irish Unionist MPs at Westminster. When the Home Rule Bill was introduced in 1912, Carson used all the means at his disposal to resist its passage. He spoke against the Bill in the House of Commons, organised rallies in Ireland and oversaw the raising and arming of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). Ireland was on the brink of civil war when the outbreak of World War I led to the suspension of Home Rule.

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Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, by Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples, Bt - NPG 5476

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples, Bt
chalk, 1898
NPG 5476

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, by Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm - NPG 3852

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm
pencil and wash, 1912
NPG 3852

'A Souvenir of the Grindelwald Conference, 1895', by Fradelle & Young - NPG x197262

'A Souvenir of the Grindelwald Conference, 1895'

by Fradelle & Young
cabinet card, 1895
NPG x197262

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone - NPG x9183

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1898
NPG x9183

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, published by J. Beagles & Co - NPG x74755

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

published by J. Beagles & Co
postcard print, 1900s
NPG x74755

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x6466

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1923
NPG x6466

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x5684

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by George Charles Beresford
vintage print, 1923
NPG x5684

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson ('Statesmen. No. 625.'), by Liborio Prosperi ('Lib') - NPG D44672

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson ('Statesmen. No. 625.')

by Liborio Prosperi ('Lib')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 9 November 1893
NPG D44672

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, by John George Day - NPG D2023

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by John George Day
etching and drypoint, 1914
NPG D2023

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, after Sir John Lavery - NPG D32710

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

after Sir John Lavery
aquatint, published 1917
NPG D32710

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, after Sir John Lavery - NPG D32711

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

after Sir John Lavery
aquatint, published 1917
NPG D32711

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2660

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2660

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Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x6467

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Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1923
NPG x6465

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Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson ('Men of the Day. No. 1265. "Dublin University."')

by (Richard) Wallace Hester ('W. Hester', 'Hester', 'WH' and 'WH-')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 8 February 1911
NPG D45595

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Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson ('Men of the Day. No. 1314. "I never ask anyone to do anything which I will not do myself."')

by (Richard) Wallace Hester ('W. Hester', 'Hester', 'WH' and 'WH-')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 17 January 1912
NPG D45645

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