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Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery

The Road to Reform

Room 20This largest room on the top floor has two large group portraits dealing with reform dominating the display. On the end wall is the House of Commons, 1833, commemorating the passing of the Great Reform Act in 1832, whilst the Anti-Slavery Convention, 1840 dominates another wall, with a portrait of Wilberforce closeby. On the wall opposite there is a full-length portrait of the parliamentary reformer Sir Frances Burdett, one of a number of portraits in the room by Sir Thomas Lawrence. There is also a striking two-tier plinth of white marble busts at the entrance to the room.

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32 portraits on display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Edmund Burke, studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 655

Edmund Burke

studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1769 or after
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 655

Robert Raikes, by George Romney - NPG 1551

Robert Raikes

by George Romney
oil on canvas, 1785-1788
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1551

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, by Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway) - NPG 4469

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

by Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway)
marble bust, circa 1788
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4469

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 3820

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1793
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3820

Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland, by François Xavier Fabre - NPG 3660

Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland

by François Xavier Fabre
oil on canvas, 1795
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3660

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, by John Hoppner - NPG 318

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

by John Hoppner
oil on canvas, circa 1800
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 318

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne, by Henry Walton - NPG 178

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne

by Henry Walton
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1805
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 178

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 5185

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1805
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5185

William Pitt, studio of John Hoppner - NPG 697

William Pitt

studio of John Hoppner
oil on canvas, circa 1805 or after
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 697

Sir Samuel Romilly, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 1171

Sir Samuel Romilly

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1806-1810
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1171

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, replica by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 746

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

replica by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1810
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 746

Spencer Perceval, by George Francis Joseph - NPG 1031

Spencer Perceval

by George Francis Joseph
oil on canvas, 1812
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1031

John Rennie Sr, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 649

John Rennie Sr

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1818
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 649

Angelica Catalani, by Lewis Alexander Goblet - NPG 5039

Angelica Catalani

by Lewis Alexander Goblet
marble bust, 1820
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5039

Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 2090

Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1820
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2090

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, attributed to Thomas Phillips - NPG 4137

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

attributed to Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, circa 1820
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4137

George Canning, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 282

George Canning

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1821
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 282

Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh), by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 687

Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh)

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1822
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 687

Hannah More, by Henry William Pickersgill - NPG 412

Hannah More

by Henry William Pickersgill
oil on canvas, 1822
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 412

George Grote, by Thomas Stewardson - NPG 365

George Grote

by Thomas Stewardson
oil on canvas, 1824
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 365

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 3136

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on panel, 1825
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3136

George Canning, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 1832

George Canning

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1825
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1832

William Wilberforce, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 3

William Wilberforce

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1828
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3

Felicia Dorothea Hemans, by Angus Fletcher - NPG 5198

Felicia Dorothea Hemans

by Angus Fletcher
marble bust, circa 1829
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5198

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG L257

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1829
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L257

George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 5597

George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1830
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5597

William Cobbett, possibly by George Cooke - NPG 1549

William Cobbett

possibly by George Cooke
oil on canvas, circa 1831
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1549

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

Francis Place, by Samuel Drummond - NPG 1959

Francis Place

by Samuel Drummond
oil on canvas, exhibited 1833
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1959

Sydney Smith, replica by Henry Perronet Briggs - NPG 1475

Sydney Smith

replica by Henry Perronet Briggs
oil on canvas, 1840 (1833)
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1475

John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 5241

John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1835
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5241

The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, by Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG 599

The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on canvas, 1841
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 599