The Coalition Ministry, 1854

1 portrait of Sir James Robert George Graham, 2nd Bt

The Coalition Ministry, 1854, by Sir John Gilbert, 1855 - NPG 1125 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Coalition Ministry, 1854

by Sir John Gilbert
pencil, pen and ink and wash, 1855
17 1/2 in. x 27 in. (445 mm x 686 mm)
Purchased, 1898
Primary Collection
NPG 1125

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  • Sir John Gilbert (1817-1897), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.

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The coalition ministry, under the leadership of the Earl of Aberdeen, came to power in 1854. This engraving shows Aberdeen's cabinet deciding upon the expedition to the Crimea in the early months of that year. Palmerston, on the right, is seen pointing at the town of Balaclava on a map held open by the Duke of Newcastle, while Gladstone, on the left, holds a letter on his knee.

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  • NPG 1125a: Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854' (after)

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