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British Prime Ministers


52 People in group

As head of the elected UK government, the Prime Minister is responsible for policy and decisions of Her Majesty's Government. As principle figure in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister's responsibilities include appointing members of the government, chairing cabinet meetings and managing the operation of the Civil Service. Until the beginning of the 20th century the office of Prime Minister was unpaid and unrecognized by law, most held the salary, residence (at 10 Downing Street) and office of First Lord of the Treasury. Who the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was has been much disputed, but many consider Sir Robert Walpole to be the first, in 1721.

Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee

1883-1967
Prime Minister
Sitter in 47 portraits

(Robert) Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon

1897-1977
Prime Minister
Sitter in 42 portraits

Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin

1867-1947
Prime Minister
Sitter in 71 portraits

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 135 portraits

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

1804-1881
Prime Minister and novelist
Sitter associated with 110 portraits

Anthony Charles Lynton ('Tony') Blair

1953-
Prime Minister
Sitter in 14 portraits

(James) Gordon Brown

1951-
Prime Minister
Sitter in 7 portraits

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute

1713-1792
Prime Minister
Sitter in 12 portraits

James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff

1912-2005
Prime Minister
Sitter in 18 portraits

David William Donald Cameron

1966-
Prime Minister
Sitter in 2 portraits

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

1836-1908
Prime Minister
Sitter in 29 portraits

George Canning

1770-1827
Prime Minister
Sitter in 47 portraits

(Arthur) Neville Chamberlain

1869-1940
Prime Minister; son of Joseph Chamberlain
Sitter in 45 portraits

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

1708-1778
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 33 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait

William Ewart Gladstone

1809-1898
Prime Minister and writer
Sitter associated with 318 portraits

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

1764-1845
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 177 portraits

Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford

1732-1792
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 64 portraits

Sir Edward Heath

1916-2005
Prime Minister
Sitter in 52 portraits