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George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon (1800-1870), Diplomat and politician; Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Villiers spent the first ten years of his career as a Commissioner of Customs. At the young age of thirty-three he was appointed Minister to Spain, a role he held from 1833 until 1839. His time in Spain was considered by many to be the making of Villiers. He acquired a considerable reputation at home, where Whigs and radicals took a proprietary interest in Spanish liberalism. Soon fluent in Spanish, he was also a popular figure in the society of the Spanish capital. In 1838 Villiers succeeded his uncle as the fourth Earl of Clarendon, and soon after returned to England to receive a seat in the Whig cabinet, as Lord Privy Seal. He went on to serve as Viceroy of Ireland (1847-52) and Foreign Secretary (1852-8).

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The Coalition Ministry, 1854

by Sir John Gilbert
pencil, pen and ink and wash, 1855
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Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
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Gladstone's Cabinet of 1868

by Lowes Cato Dickinson
oil on canvas, 1869-1874
On display at Palace of Westminster, London
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George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862-1866
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George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862-1866
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George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by William Walker, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 1847
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George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by William Walker, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 1847
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George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by George Zobel, after Sir Francis Grant
stipple engraving, published 1850
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George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by William Holl Jr, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, 1863 or after
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George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
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George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by William Walker & Sons
bromide print, circa 1865
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