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The Great War: Politicians


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 138 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 222 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 11 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 134 portraits
Ramsay MacDonald

Ramsay MacDonald

1866-1937
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 72 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
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg

Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg

1856-1921
German politician; Chancellor of the German Empire
Sitter in 1 portrait
Alfred Bigland

Alfred Bigland

1855-1936
Politician and industrialist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Henry Birchenough, 1st Bt

Sir Henry Birchenough, 1st Bt

1853-1937
Government advisor
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Robert Laird Borden

Sir Robert Laird Borden

1854-1937
Prime Minister of Canada
Sitter in 12 portraits
Louis Botha

Louis Botha

1862-1919
General and South African statesman
Sitter in 9 portraits
James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

1838-1922
Jurist, historian and Liberal politician; MP for Tower Hamlets and Aberdeen South
Sitter in 15 portraits
George Cave, Viscount Cave

George Cave, Viscount Cave

1856-1928
Lawyer and statesman
Sitter in 7 portraits
Count Sutemi Chinda

Count Sutemi Chinda

1856-1929
Japanese ambassador to London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir William Henry Clark

Sir William Henry Clark

1876-1952
Civil servant and diplomat
Sitter in 10 portraits
Sir Joseph Cook

Sir Joseph Cook

1860-1947
Prime Minister of Australia
Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir Herbert James Creedy

Sir Herbert James Creedy

1878-1973
Civil servant
Sitter in 6 portraits
Lord Ninian Edward Crichton-Stuart

Lord Ninian Edward Crichton-Stuart

1883-1915
Soldier and Conservative politician; MP for Cardiff
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen, Bt

Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen, Bt

1852-1932
Diplomat
Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir Richard Douglas Denman, 1st Bt

Sir Richard Douglas Denman, 1st Bt

1876-1957
Civil servant
Sitter in 7 portraits
Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

1865-1948
Politician, Secretary of State for War and British Ambassador to France, racehorse owner and soldier
Sitter in 45 portraits
Hudson Ewbanke Kearley, 1st Viscount Devonport

Hudson Ewbanke Kearley, 1st Viscount Devonport

1856-1934
Grocer and Liberal politician; MP for Devonport and Minister of Food Control
Sitter in 11 portraits
William Hayes Fisher, 1st Baron Downham

William Hayes Fisher, 1st Baron Downham

1853-1920
Politician; President of the Local Government Board and Minister of Information
Sitter in 13 portraits
Sir Francis Edmund Hugh Elliot

Sir Francis Edmund Hugh Elliot

1851-1940
Diplomat
Sitter in 1 portrait
Alfred Emmott, 1st Baron Emmott

Alfred Emmott, 1st Baron Emmott

1858-1926
Politician and cotton manufacturer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Thomas Robinson Ferens

Thomas Robinson Ferens

1847-1930
Businessman, politician and philanthropist
Sitter in 3 portraits