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Regency Portraits Catalogue

George Tierney (1761-1830), Politician; MP for Southwark and Knaresborough

Whig politician and as 'The Friend of Humanity' satirised in Canning's famous squib The Needy Knife-grinder.

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Olphin 1934
H. K. Olphin, George Tierney, 1934.


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.