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Edmund Burke

(1729-1797), Statesman; orator; author

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 106 portraits
Burke was one of the eighteenth century's leading statesmen, political thinkers and writers. His impact on the Regency age centres on his Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), a major work opposing the French Revolution which laid the foundations of modern British conservatism. Originally a Whig, he showed liberal support for the North American colonies and Catholic emancipation. Despite his early reputation as a reformer, Burke's Reflections expressed fears that revolutionary ideals would violently destroy essential British traditions and institutions. These views led him to break with the Whigs and side with the Tories, for whom he became a figurehead.

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'The sick prince', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12365

'The sick prince'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 16 June 1787
NPG D12365

'Dido forsaken', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12994

'Dido forsaken'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 21 May 1787
NPG D12994

'Galante show' (Edmund Burke; Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby), by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D7895

'Galante show' (Edmund Burke; Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby)

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 6 May 1788
NPG D7895

'Galante show', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D9557

'Galante show'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 6 May 1788
NPG D9557

'The princess's bow alias the Bow Begum', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D9573

'The princess's bow alias the Bow Begum'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 1 May 1788
NPG D9573

Edmund Burke ('The first charge - exit in fumo'), by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D9663

Edmund Burke ('The first charge - exit in fumo')

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 14 April 1788
NPG D9663

Edmund Burke and unknown man, woman and girl ('A reverie of Prince Demetrius Cantemis'), by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D9664

Edmund Burke and unknown man, woman and girl ('A reverie of Prince Demetrius Cantemis')

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 26 April 1788
NPG D9664

'The impeachment', by James Sayers - NPG D12245

'The impeachment'

by James Sayers
etching, 1788?
NPG D12245

'The shadow of opposition', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12248

'The shadow of opposition'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 31 March 1788
NPG D12248

'The Westminster hunt', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12376

'The Westminster hunt'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 27 April 1788
NPG D12376

'Market day', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12377

'Market day'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 2 May 1788
NPG D12377

'Galante show' (Edmund Burke; Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby), by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12379

'Galante show' (Edmund Burke; Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby)

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 6 May 1788
NPG D12379

'State-jugglers', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12381

'State-jugglers'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 16 May 1788
NPG D12381

'Opposition-', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12382

'Opposition-'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 20 May 1788
NPG D12382

'The butchers of freedom', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12384

'The butchers of freedom'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published July 1788
NPG D12384

'Bubbles of opposition', by James Gillray - NPG D12385

'Bubbles of opposition'

by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 19 July 1788
NPG D12385

'Mason, the Duke's confectioner, disposing of the trinkets', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12386

'Mason, the Duke's confectioner, disposing of the trinkets'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 21 July 1788
NPG D12386

'Blood and co., setting fire to the tower, and stealing the crown', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12387

'Blood and co., setting fire to the tower, and stealing the crown'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 26 July 1788
NPG D12387

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