Lord Salisbury reading

Harry Furniss

1902

Pen-and-ink drawing

©The National Gallery, London NPG 3603

Salisbury, who served three times as Prime Minister between 1885 and 1902, sits reading Cycling Tours on the Continent flanked by a basket with papers labeled “Pretoria,” “Berlin,” “Paris,” “Australia,” and “Dublin Castle” on his left and a box of papers concerning coronation honours at his right. A chemistry apparatus appears in the left distance while on the shelf behind him are bookends that resemble Gladstone and Disraeli.

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