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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

(1784-1865), Prime Minister

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 145 portraits
Politician who served twice as Prime Minister. He was in government office almost continuously from 1807 until his death in 1865, beginning his parliamentary career as a Tory and concluding it as a Liberal. He served successively as: Secretary at War (1809-28); Foreign Secretary (1830-41 and 1846-51); Home Secretary (1853-5) and Prime Minister (1855-8 and 1859-65). He is best remembered for his direction of British foreign policy through a period when the United Kingdom was at the height of its colonial power. His vigorous policy of intervention, often controversial at the time, made him one of the greatest Victorian statesman and among the most powerful figures in European politics.

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The House of Commons, 1833, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 54

The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 54

'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846', by John Partridge - NPG 343a

'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846'

by John Partridge
oil on paper, circa 1846
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 343a

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854', by William Walker, after  Sir John Gilbert - NPG 1125a

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
NPG 1125a

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by (George) Herbert Watkins - NPG P301(2)

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, 30 March 1857
NPG P301(2)

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by (George) Herbert Watkins - NPG x11978

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 30 March 1857
On display at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
NPG x11978

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by and after (George) Herbert Watkins - NPG x11979

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by and after (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1850s (30 March 1857)
On display at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
NPG x11979

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