Wednesday 5 January 2011

Overseeing the Painter

Painting for the tourists under the watchful eye of George Canning.
Canning held several political posts, including that of Foreign Secretary, Treasurer of the Navy and a mere four months after becoming Prime Minister died. (1827).
He played an important role in the war against France. He promised to send more troops to Lord Wellington, however the secretary of war Lord Castlereagh overturned his decision to send the troops to Portugal, sending them to Holland instead.
A bitter argument ensued resulting in Canning being shot in the thigh by Castlereagh.


lunarossa said...

Didn't know this story yet. Interesting. Happy new year, by the way. Ciao. A.

Caroline said...

How on earth did Castlereagh get away with that! Not very British and certainly not cricket!

jabblog said...

Most interesting! Poor George - life was dangerous then.

Louis la Vache said...

A war over a war, so to speak, it would seem!

«Louis» knew of Canning, but not of this story.

Ruela said...

My exhibition it will be at

Red Gate Gallery - London, United Kingdon

Time: March 3, 2011 to March 17, 2011
Location: London
Street: Brixton Road
City/Town: London

Ruela said...

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