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George Canning

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After a brief period following the Whigs, Canning entered Parliament in 1793 as a disciple of William Pitt. He is remembered as the architect of Britain's liberal foreign policy after the Napoleonic Wars, and for supporting the Greeks in their struggle against the Ottomans and the Latin American colonies against Spain and Portugal. Canning clashed with Lord Castlereagh over war strategy and fought a duel with him in 1809.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    c.1825

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    91.4 x 60.3 cm

  • Accession number

    1338

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1903. On long-term loan to the Palace of Westminster, London

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