Prime Ministers

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British Prime Ministers are well represented within the Collection and a small selection of images can be found within this section. The role of Prime Minister was developed during the 18th Century by Sir Robert Walpole who served as the first holder of the office.

The Commons Works of Art Committee recently completed the display of statues and busts of each Prime Minister of the 20th Century, which are on public view in Member's Lobby outside the Commons Debating Chamber. A series of portraits of Prime Ministers from Walpole to Churchill hangs in the Committee Corridor which runs between the Lords and Commons, with premiers of the last thirty years on display as part of the Contemporary Collection in Portcullis House. In Norman Porch, there is a separate display of portrait busts of Members of the House of Lords who served as Prime Minister. Images in this section are drawn from each of these displays.

In recent years importance has been placed on obtaining images of Prime Ministers for the Collection while they served in office.