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Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth

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

Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, by Sir William Beechey, engraved 1803 - NPG 5774 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth

by Sir William Beechey
oil on canvas, engraved 1803
49 3/4 in. x 40 in. (1265 mm x 1015 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 5774

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  • Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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This portrait probably dates just before 1803 when Addington had to deal with threats of Napoleonic invasion after the failure of the Peace of Amiens (1802). He was an ineffective wartime leader and lost the premiership to Pitt in 1804. Between 1812 and 1821 he served as Home Secretary in Lord Liverpool's government and was reviled by radicals who identified him with the government's repressive policies.

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  • NPG D15569: Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (source portrait)
  • NPG D41679: Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (source portrait)

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