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Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn

(1837-1916), Politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer

Sitter in 25 portraits
Hicks Beach entered Parliament as a Conservative MP in 1864. He was opposed to the 1867 Reform Bill, but acted as a go-between for the parties over reform in 1884, when he negotiated a compromise that allowed the Liberals' Franchise Bill through the House of Lords on condition that a redistribution bill followed. He held many senior political offices, including Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1878 to 1880, but his career reached its peak in 1885 when he was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons. His involvement with electoral reform and his unpopularity as Leader of the House sent his career on a downward path, and in 1887 he resigned, blaming his failing eyesight.

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Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG Ax17481

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1876
NPG Ax17481

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax5521

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1891
NPG Ax5521

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn, by James Russell & Sons - NPG x22325

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn

by James Russell & Sons
woodburytype, published 7 February 1891
NPG x22325

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn, by James Russell & Sons - NPG x22326

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn

by James Russell & Sons
carbon print, (circa 1891)
NPG x22326

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn, by James Russell & Sons - NPG x17089

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn

by James Russell & Sons
albumen cabinet card, circa 1891
NPG x17089

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax16005

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax16005

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn, by James Russell & Sons, published by  Charles Newman & Co - NPG Ax15881

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn

by James Russell & Sons, published by Charles Newman & Co
carbon print, published before 1895
NPG Ax15881

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn ('Statesmen. No. 182.'), by Carlo Pellegrini - NPG D43654

Michael Edward Hicks Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn ('Statesmen. No. 182.')

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 22 August 1874
NPG D43654

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