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Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke, studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1769 or later - NPG 655 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edmund Burke

studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1769 or later
29 3/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. (756 mm x 629 mm)
Purchased, 1882
Primary Collection
NPG 655


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  • Edmund Burke (1729 or 1730-1797), Statesman. Sitter associated with 103 portraits.

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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The statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke spoke regularly in the House of Commons on colonial issues. He was a strong critic of Britain's policy on America and his speech On Conciliation with America was published in 1775; 'Reflect how you are to govern a people who think they ought to be free and think they are not'. He was also a force behind the much-needed reform of the corrupt East India Company and in 1788 he opened the trial of Warren Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal, with a speech of inspired eloquence.

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