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Foreign Secretaries


59 People in sitter grouping:

The Foreign Secretary is responsible for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a senior member of Her Majesty's Government. Responsible for foreign affairs, with an emphasis on policy strategy, Whitehall liaison, honours and cyber-security. The position was created in 1782, when a Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs handled relations with foreign (non-Commonwealth) countries, while relations with Commonwealth countries and colonies were handled by the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs. In 1968, the two positions were merged into a single Department of State.

(Robert) Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon

(Robert) Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon

1897-1977
Prime Minister
Sitter in 42 portraits
Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 135 portraits
Dame Margaret Mary Beckett (née Jackson)

Dame Margaret Mary Beckett (née Jackson)

1943-
Labour politician; Foreign Secretary and MP for Derby South and Lincoln
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ernest Bevin

Ernest Bevin

1881-1951
General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union and politician; MP for Wandsworth Central and Woolwich East
Sitter associated with 59 portraits
Richard Austen ('Rab') Butler, 1st Baron Butler of Saffron Walden

Richard Austen ('Rab') Butler, 1st Baron Butler of Saffron Walden

1902-1982
Politician; served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 44 portraits
James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff

James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff

1912-2005
Prime Minister
Sitter in 21 portraits
George Canning

George Canning

1770-1827
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 50 portraits
Robert Finlayson ('Robin') Cook

Robert Finlayson ('Robin') Cook

1946-2005
Politician; Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 1 portrait
(Charles) Anthony Raven Crosland

(Charles) Anthony Raven Crosland

1918-1977
Politician and writer
Sitter in 24 portraits
Charles James Fox

Charles James Fox

1749-1806
Whig statesman
Sitter associated with 306 portraits
George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown

1914-1985
Labour politician; Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 22 portraits
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

1764-1845
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 178 portraits
William Jefferson Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond

William Jefferson Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond

1961-
Conservative politician; First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons
Sitter in 2 portraits
Douglas Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell

Douglas Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell

1930-
Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 3 portraits
(Alexander) Boris de Pfeffel Johnson

(Alexander) Boris de Pfeffel Johnson

1964-
Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 2 portraits
(James) Ramsay MacDonald

(James) Ramsay MacDonald

1866-1937
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 67 portraits
Sir John Major

Sir John Major

1943-
Prime Minister
Sitter in 15 portraits
David Wright Miliband

David Wright Miliband

1965-
Labour politician; Shadow Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 2 portraits