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Regency Portraits Catalogue

George Canning (1770-1827), Prime Minister

Foreign Secretary 1807-9 and 1822-7, and Prime Minister for four months till his death in 1827.

'Canning with his smooth, bare and capacious forehead, sat there [House of Commons], a spirit beaming in his looks like that of a leopard waiting to spring upon its prey' (Samuel Bamford, Passages in the Life of a Radical, 1844, I, p 106).

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Art-Union, November 1846, p 303 (for Drayton Manor).

Garlick 1964
Kenneth Garlick, Walpole Society Journal, XXXIX, 1964, p 49.

Gentleman's Magazine, 1847/I, p 291 (for Drayton Manor).

Hinde 1973
Wendy Hinde, George Canning, 1973, p 192.

Marshall 1938
Dorothy Marshall, The Rise of Canning, 1938, frontispiece.

Thomas Moore, Memoirs and Correspondence, ed. Lord John Russell 1853, V, p 65.

Rolo 1965
P. J. V. Rolo, George Canning, 1965, frontispiece.

V&A Press Cuttings 1636-1837, vol.V, pp 1460-61.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.