This portrait presents Gladstone as an elder statesman, in an image that suggests sombre concentration on duty and stern integrity. In fact, Gladstone sat for this portrait when he was on holiday in the Bavarian Alps in 1879. Born in Liverpool to Scottish parents, Gladstone was one of the greatest politicians of the nineteenth century. Elected to Parliament first in 1832, he later became leader of the Liberal party. He served as both Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, twice holding both offices together.