Sir (Horatio) Gilbert George Parker, 1st Bt(1860-1932), Novelist and Conservative politician; MP for Gravesend
Sitter in 17 portraits
Canadian-born Gilbert Parker began his career as a teacher in Ontario. After several years travelling he moved to Britain and began writing. His first book, Pierre and his People: Tales of the Far North, was published in 1892. Many novels followed, the most successful of which was The Seats of the Mighty (1896), a story based on the British capture of Quebec. A strong belief in Imperialism led Parker to stand as an MP. He was elected to Parliament in 1900, where he actively promoted colonial interests. Parker played a significant role in British propaganda during World War I, being responsible for all British propaganda in America. He was rewarded for this service with a baronetcy.
by Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 7 June 1909
by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 23 June 1909
by Fred Roe
pencil, 25 May 1914
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