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    Sale 7663

    Fasque The Scottish Seat of the Gladstones

    7 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 179

    John Graham-Gilbert, R.S.A. (Glasgow 1794-1866)

    Portrait of George Canning, three-quarter-length, in a black coat, holding a letter in his right hand, by a column

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    John Graham-Gilbert, R.S.A. (Glasgow 1794-1866)
    Portrait of George Canning, three-quarter-length, in a black coat, holding a letter in his right hand, by a column
    inscribed 'G. Canning' (on plinth, lower right); and inscribed 'J. Gladstone[?] 18...6' (on letter, lower left)
    oil on canvas, unlined
    50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm.)
    in a Victorian giltwood and gilt composition frame


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    An enthusiastic follower of Pitt the Younger, George Canning was one of the more prominent politicians of the early nineteenth Century. He was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1807-9 and 1822-7 and in the last year of his life, 1827, he served as Prime Minister, dying suddenly after 119 days in office. Interestingly, in the present picture, Canning holds a letter inscribed 'J.Gladstone' which is dated indistinctly. Sir John Gladstone took a keen interest in politics; initially a Whig supporter, he soon came to support the Tories, and in particular, George Canning. In 1812 he presided over a meeting at Liverpool which was called to invite Canning to represent Liverpool in the House of Commons, a position that Canning duly accepted.

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    Provenance

    with J. & W. Vokins, London.


    Literature

    Possibly 1851 Inventory, Library, '11 Paintings - £55.0.0'