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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), Prime Minister

Statesman; MP from 1807; supported parliamentary reform; secretary-at-war, 1809-28; foreign secretary, 1830-41, and 1846-51; home secretary, 1853-5; prime minister, 1855-8, 1859-65; his vigorous policy of intervention made him one of the most powerful figures in European politics.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, 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.