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The Great War: Politicians


82 People in group

Politicians from all over the world were drawn together from initial secret talks, to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. Great Britain began the war under Herbert Asquith, who led a coalition government from 1915, and was then taken over the following year by David Lloyd George and his formation of the War Cabinet.

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 136 portraits
Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

Edward Henry Carson, 1st Baron Carson

1854-1935
Ulster leader and advocate
Sitter in 20 portraits
Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood

Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood

1864-1958
Statesman; a creator of the League of Nations
Sitter in 31 portraits
Sir (Joseph) Austen Chamberlain

Sir (Joseph) Austen Chamberlain

1863-1937
Politician; recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; son of Joseph Chamberlain
Sitter in 55 portraits
Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

1874-1965
Prime Minister
Sitter in 219 portraits
Georges Clemenceau

Georges Clemenceau

1841-1929
French statesman
Sitter in 8 portraits
George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

1859-1925
Politician, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, traveller and Viceroy of India
Sitter associated with 34 portraits
Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner

Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner

1880-1943
Indian Ruler and general
Sitter in 10 portraits
Arthur Henderson

Arthur Henderson

1863-1935
Politician, leader of the Labour Party, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and iron moulder
Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Bonar Law

Bonar Law

1858-1923
Prime Minister and businessman
Sitter in 27 portraits
David Lloyd George

David Lloyd George

1863-1945
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 132 portraits
Ramsay MacDonald

Ramsay MacDonald

1866-1937
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 71 portraits
Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford

Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford

1870-1949
Liberal politician; MP for Dewsbury and St Ives; son of 1st Baron Runciman
Sitter in 24 portraits
Christopher Addison, 1st Viscount Addison

Christopher Addison, 1st Viscount Addison

1869-1951
Statesman
Sitter in 20 portraits
Leopold Stennett Amery

Leopold Stennett Amery

1873-1955
Politician; Secretary of State for India and writer
Sitter in 29 portraits
Thomas Gair Ashton, 1st Baron Ashton-of-Hyde

Thomas Gair Ashton, 1st Baron Ashton-of-Hyde

1855-1933
Politician and Justice of the Peace
Sitter in 7 portraits
George Ranken Askwith, Baron Askwith

George Ranken Askwith, Baron Askwith

1861-1942
Industrial arbitrator and civil servant
Sitter in 17 portraits
George Nicoll Barnes

George Nicoll Barnes

1859-1940
Trade unionist and Labour politician; MP for Glasgow
Sitter in 15 portraits