Edward Hodges BailyGeorge Canning (after Joseph Nollekens) 1829

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Edward Hodges Baily (1788‑1867)
George Canning (after Joseph Nollekens)
Date 1829
Dimensionsobject: 724 x 508 x 279 mm
Acquisition Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1810


This life-size bust, carved from white (probably Carrara) marble depicts the statesman George Canning (1770–1827). Canning, the Member of Parliament for Liverpool, was a career politician, who held a number of offices including Foreign Secretary (1807–9 and 1822–7), President of the Board of Control (1816–22), and Prime Minister of a divided coalition government for a few months before his death. This bust was produced as part of a series of notable historical figures, known as ‘worthies’, commissioned from the artist by the wealthy collector Robert Vernon (1774/5–1849) between 1828 and 1830. The other commissions were busts of Arthur, Duke of Wellington (Tate N02236), the writers Samuel Johnson (National Portrait Gallery) and John Milton (untraced), and the scientist Sir Isaac Newton (National Portrait Gallery, London)… (read more)

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