George Canning (1770-1827) Prime Minister
Mezzotintpublished 1 November 1813
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About the artist
Portrait painter Thomas Stewardson was the son of John and Anne Stewardson, members of a Quaker family at Ullsmoor, who lived in Kendal, Westmorland. Stewardson initially worked as an apprentice to a painter named John Fothergill, in Kendal, before studying under George Romney in the same town. He later moved to London and, in 1803, began exhibiting at the Royal Academy. He may have studied briefly with John Opie in London, where he was influenced by the portraits of Sir Thomas Lawrence. As well as numerous portraits, his works also include exotic, Orientalist subjects.
William Ward was the son of James Ward, manager for a fruit and cider merchant. His younger brother, also named James Ward was a painter. Ward held the position of mezzotint engraver to the Duke of York from 1804 and engraver to the Prince of Wales from 1813. The following year he became an Associate Engraver of the Royal Academy. He died in 1826 at his home in Warren Street, London.