George Canning (1770-1827)
CHANTREY, Sir Francis (1782 - 1841)
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.