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Foreign Secretaries


60 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.

George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen

George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen

1784-1860
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 57 portraits
Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon

Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon

1897-1977
Prime Minister
Sitter in 44 portraits
Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 139 portraits
Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst

Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst

1762-1834
Statesman
Sitter associated with 21 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 Labour politician; MP for Wandsworth Central and Woolwich East
Sitter associated with 59 portraits
George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham

George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham

1753-1813
Politician; MP for Buckinghamshire and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Sitter in 33 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

James Callaghan

1912-2005
Prime Minister
Sitter in 22 portraits
George Canning

George Canning

1770-1827
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 62 portraits
Peter Alexander Rupert Carington, 6th Baron Carrington

Peter Alexander Rupert Carington, 6th Baron Carrington

1919-2018
Politician; 6th Secretary General of NATO
Sitter in 14 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
George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

1800-1870
Diplomat and politician; Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Sitter in 16 portraits
Robin Cook

Robin Cook

1946-2005
Politician; Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 3 portraits
(Charles) Anthony Raven Crosland

(Charles) Anthony Raven Crosland

1918-1977
Politician and writer
Sitter in 24 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
Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby

Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby

1826-1893
Politician, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and diarist; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 57 portraits
John William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley

John William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley

1781-1833
Secretary of State
Sitter in 5 portraits
Charles James Fox

Charles James Fox

1749-1806
Whig statesman
Sitter associated with 308 portraits
George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown

1914-1985
Labour politician; Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 22 portraits

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