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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

George Montagu Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax (1716-1771), Known as 'The Father of the Colonies'

President of the board of trade, 1748-61; aided foundation of colony of Nova Scotia, the town of Halifax named after him, 1749; styled the 'Father of the Colonies' for his success in extending American commerce; lieutenant-general, 1759; held a number of offices from 1761, including secretary of state, 1762-63 (north), 1763-65 (south), 1771 (north); KG, 1764.

'above the middle stature, fine countenance, lively and expressive, concave face, rather sallow.' [1]

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1) John O'Keefe, Recollections, 1826, I, p 254.

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O'Keefe 1826
John O'Keefe, Recollections, 1826.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.