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

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655

Edmund Burke

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

1551

Robert Raikes

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

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

5498

Sarah Trimmer

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1790
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5498

6307

Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1790-1800
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6307

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

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

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

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

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

L249

William Pitt

by John Hoppner
oil on canvas, 1805
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L249

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

891

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

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1809-1810
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 891

649

John Rennie Sr

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

5039

Angelica Catalani

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

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

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

993

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1841 (1820)
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 993

282

George Canning

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

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

412

Hannah More

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

365

George Grote

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

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

1832

George Canning

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

3

William Wilberforce

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

5198

Felicia Dorothea Hemans

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

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

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

1549

William Cobbett

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

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

1959

Francis Place

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

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

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