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George Canning (1770-1827)

CHANTREY, Sir Francis (1782 - 1841)

George Canning (1770-1827)

Date: 1819

Media: marble

Size: 69.5 cm

Acquired: 1914; Gift; Mrs C.H. Bailey

Accession Number: NMW A 507

George Canning (1770-1827) was Foreign Secretary in 1807-08 and 1822-27 and Prime Minister in 1827. His liberal Toryism made him an extremely popular MP for Liverpool, where an admiring merchant Colonel Bolton, commissioned this bust for £126. It was shown at the Royal Academy in 1819. Chantrey was the leading portrait sculptor of his day, his sitters including George IV, Walter Scott and Lord Castlereagh.

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