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Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson (1854-1935), Ulster leader and advocate

Sitter in 17 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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3347

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3347

5476

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

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

3852

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

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

x197262

'A Souvenir of the Grindelwald Conference, 1895'

by Fradelle & Young
cabinet card, 1895
NPG x197262

x9183

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

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

x74755

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

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

x6466

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

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

x5684

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by George Charles Beresford
vintage print, 1923
NPG x5684

D9637

The Ever-Open Door (Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson; Augustine Birrell)

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
pen and ink on artists' board, 1913
NPG D9637

D2023

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by John George Day
etching and drypoint, 1914
NPG D2023

D32710

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

after Sir John Lavery
aquatint, published 1917
NPG D32710

D32711

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

after Sir John Lavery
aquatint, published 1917
NPG D32711

D2660

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

by Alick P.F. Ritchie
cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2660

x6467

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

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

x6465

Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson

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