This copy after a portrait by Thomas Lawrence shows former Prime Minister George Canning standing before empty benches in the House of Commons. The Foreign Office Dispatch Box on the Front Bench denotes his current status as Foreign Secretary. George Canning held various appointments under Pitt’s administration, including Foreign Secretary (1807-09 and 1822-27) and Prime Minister for four months in 1827, the last year of his life.
Lawrence's original portrait was commissioned by George IV in 1825 and remains in the Royal Collection. However, this is a copy by Moussa Ayoub of a version formerly in the collection of the Earl of Harewood. Another copy by Ayoub was in the collection of Viscount Allendale.
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