Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

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Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, by Sir George Hayter, 1823 - NPG 5257 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

by Sir George Hayter
oil on panel, 1823
13 in. x 10 1/8 in. (330 mm x 258 mm)
Purchased, 1979
Primary Collection
NPG 5257


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  • Sir George Hayter (1792-1871), Portrait and history painter; son of Charles Hayter. Artist associated with 198 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.

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A sketch for the portrait of the Prime Minister, one of the more prominent standing figures on the left side of Hayter's painting. A leading Tory statesman, Liverpool held office almost continuously for thirty years as Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary and, from 1812, Prime Minister. This sketch was made late on in the process of completing the painting but was not enough for the artist. On 7 March 1823, just weeks before the painting was exhibited publicly, Hayter wrote to the Prime Minister requesting yet another sitting: 'Mr George Hayter... is really sorry to intrude this troublesome note upon his lordship's time -- but understanding yesterday that Mr Arbuthnot had had the kindness to explain to Lord Liverpool the state of his picture and the great advantage which would be derived from Lord L---- condescending to give Mr G H a short sitting, now that he has made his utmost use of the sketch he had the honour to make at Fife House. If Lord Liverpool can do Mr G H the favor to name any hour in next week... Mr G H will be highly obliged & most grateful'

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  • NPG 999: The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820 (finished portrait)

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