About this artwork

Although from the north of England, Asquith represented the constituents of East Fife in the House of Commons for over thirty years. Chancellor of the Exchequer in Campbell-Bannerman’s 1905 government, Asquith became Prime Minister three years later. He brought Winston Churchill and Lloyd George into his government and in foreign policy saw the necessity of standing by France against German expansion in Europe. The result led to the First World War with Asquith as Prime Minister until Lloyd George replaced him in 1916. This oil sketch was made by Guthrie in preparation for his great commission ‘Statesmen of the Great War’.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Henry Herbert Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, 1852 - 1928. Statesman
  • date created:
    1918 - 1928
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    111.80 x 86.30 cm (framed: 141.40 x 113.10 x 7.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Given by W.G. Gardiner and Sir Frederick C. Gardiner 1930
  • accession number:
    PG 1128
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
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Sir James Guthrie

Sir James Guthrie