Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

1 portrait of John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854', by William Walker, after  Sir John Gilbert, 1857 - NPG 1125a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
20 3/4 in. x 28 3/8 in. (527 mm x 721 mm)
Purchased, 1898
Primary Collection
NPG 1125a

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  • Sir John Gilbert (1817-1897), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
  • William Walker (1791-1867), Photographer, engraver and publisher. Artist associated with 119 portraits.

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The coalition ministry, under the leadership of the Earl of Aberdeen, came to power in 1852 following the short-lived Tory administration under the Earl of Derby. It included the leading Whig and Peelite statesmen of the period. This engraving of Gilbert's portrait shows Aberdeen's cabinet deciding upon the expedition to the Crimea in the early months of 1854. Palmsterston, on the right, is seen pointing at the town of Balaclava on a map of the region held open by the Duke of Newcastle. The early set-backs and the controversies over the conduct of operations during the war would further undermine what was an already weak and divided cabinet. In January 1855 Aberdeen resigned and was succeeded by Palmerston, who brought the war to a successful conclusion in 1856.

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  • NPG 1125: The Coalition Ministry, 1854 (source portrait)

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