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George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, 1784 - 1860. Statesman
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George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, 1784 - 1860. Statesman about 1838
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Lord Byron nicknamed the young George Gordon ‘Athenian Aberdeen’ on account of his ardent admiration of Greece, but he soon took his place as a pillar of the establishment, sitting as a Tory peer from 1806. His career was interwoven with the great events of the period: in 1813-14 he undertook various diplomatic missions at the close of the Napoleonic Wars and, as Foreign Secretary, first under Wellington and then under Peel, his skilful negotiations and non-interventionist stance eased relations with both France and America. Gordon was responsible, in 1852, for forming a coalition ministry whose initial widespread support did not survive the disastrous and unpopular Crimean War.

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  • Acc. No. PG 1482
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 76.20 x 63.50 cm (framed: 95.25 x 82.55 x 8.89 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1946