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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt (1770-1844), Parliamentary reformer

Parliamentary and social reformer; committed to the Tower in 1810 for breaches of privilege.

'Who would have thought that he saw in that tall patrician figure with the gentle bearing, the mild eye, the serene bare brow - the restless pupil of Home Tooke - the mob's darling - the Gracchus of the hustings' (Earl of Lytton, Life of Lord Lytton, 1913, I, p 420).

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.