George Canning - London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 51° 30.057 W 000° 07.661
30U E 699352 N 5709446
Quick Description: George Canning served briefly as Britain's Prime Minister...but he held many other offices as well...including Foreign Secretary, Navy Treasurer and Ambassador to Lisbon.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/24/2012 3:17:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMDTX9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 10

Long Description:
This larger than life-sized sculpture depicts Canning standing and wearing a toga and cape. A wide swath of cloth wraps around his midriff as well. He wears a laurel on his head and holds a scroll in his left hand.
This website (visit link) has an additional photo and informs us:

"...facing the Houses of Parliament, is a fine bronze statue of George Canning, standing upon a granite pedestal. It was executed by Sir Richard Westmacott, and erected in 1832. It formerly stood nearer to Westminster Hall, but was removed hither a few years ago, when sundry alterations were made in the laying out of the open space between King Street and the north door of the Abbey.
Soon after Canning's statue was put up in all its verdant freshness, the carbonate of copper not yet blackened by the smoke of London, Mr. Justice Gaselee was walking away from Westminster Hall with a friend, when the judge, looking at the statue (which is colossal), said, "I don't think this is very like Canning; he was not so large a man." "No, my lord," replied his companion, "nor so green.".

Wikipedia (visit link) informs us that when Canning:

"... decided to enter politics he sought and received the patronage of the leader of the "Tory" group, William Pitt the Younger. In 1793, thanks to the help of Pitt, Canning became a Member of Parliament for Newtown on the Isle of Wight, a rotten borough. In 1796, he changed seats to a different rotten borough, Wendover in Buckinghamshire. He was elected to represent several constituencies during his parliamentary career.

Canning rose quickly in British politics as an effective orator and writer. His speeches in Parliament as well as his essays gave the followers of Pitt a rhetorical power they had previously lacked. Canning's skills saw him gain leverage within the Pittite faction that allowed him influence over its policies along with repeated promotions in the Cabinet. Over time, Canning became a prominent public speaker as well, and was one of the first politicians to campaign heavily in the country.

As a result of his charisma and promise, Canning early on drew to himself a circle of supporters who would become known as the Canningites. Conversely though, Canning had a reputation as a divisive man who alienated many.

He was a dominant personality and often risked losing political allies for personal reasons. He once reduced Lord Liverpool to tears with a long satirical poem mocking Liverpool's attachment to his time as a colonel in the militia. He then forced Liverpool to apologise for being upset."
URL of the statue: Not listed

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