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Home Secretaries


70 People in sitter grouping:

A senior official for her Majesty's state for the Home Office, the Home Secretary is responsible for the internal affairs and interests of England and Wales. Their remit includes crime policy, national security and immigration and citizenship for the UK. William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne became the first Home Secretary in 1782. Other notable Home Secretaries include Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel, who established the Metropolitan Police Force in 1929.

Kenneth Wilfred Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking

Kenneth Wilfred Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking

1934-
Politician; Home Secretary
Sitter in 2 portraits
David Blunkett

David Blunkett

1947-
Labour politician; Home Secretary; MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
Sitter in 3 portraits
Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan

Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan

1939-2015
Conservative politician; Home Secretary
Sitter in 2 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
Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

1874-1965
Prime Minister
Sitter in 217 portraits
Kenneth Clarke

Kenneth Clarke

1940-
Conservative politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

1759-1834
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 70 portraits
Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford

Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford

1732-1792
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 64 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
Michael Howard

Michael Howard

1941-
Conservative politician; Leader of the Conservative Party, Leader of the Opposition and MP for Folkestone and Hythe
Sitter in 1 portrait
Douglas Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell

Douglas Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell

1930-
Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 3 portraits
Roy Harris Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead

Roy Harris Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead

1920-2003
Writer and Labour politician; Home Secretary and co-founder of the Social Democratic Party
Sitter in 14 portraits
Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson

1950-
Politician; Home Secretary
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne

William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne

1737-1805
Prime Minister and patron of the arts
Sitter associated with 67 portraits
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

1770-1828
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 59 portraits
Reginald Maudling

Reginald Maudling

1917-1979
Politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary
Sitter associated with 17 portraits
Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

1742-1811
Statesman
Sitter associated with 82 portraits
Merlyn Rees

Merlyn Rees

1920-2006
Politician; Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Home Secretary
Sitter in 4 portraits
Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

1888-1965
Politician; Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 97 portraits