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Edward Herbert, 2nd Earl of Powis (1785-1848), Peer and politician; MP for Ludlow

Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Edward Herbert was born Edward Clive. He was the son of Edward Clive, 1st Earl of Powis and his wife Henrietta Antonia Herbert. In 1804, when his father inherited the earldom, he became Viscount Clive. In 1806, he became MP for Ludlow, retaining the seat until he himself became earl. In 1807 he took the surname and arms of Herbert, in accordance with the will of his mother's brother. Herbert played a leading role in the suppression of the Chartist riots of 1839. In 1847, he stood for election as chancellor of the University of Cambridge, but was defeated by only 120 votes by Albert, Prince Consort. He died at Powis Castle after being accidentally shot by one of his sons, the Hon. Robert Charles Herbert.

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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


Edward Herbert, 2nd Earl of Powis

by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, after Joseph Slater
stipple engraving, 1826 or after
NPG D20604


Edward Herbert, 2nd Earl of Powis

by Henry Cousins, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 4 April 1848
NPG D40467