From: Kris Radford
(rad ford email@example.com)
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003
George Nathaniel Curzon, the Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859 -1925) was born January 11th, at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, he was an administrator, politician, and explorer. As an administrator, Curzon was to head the governance of a subcontinent -- Viceroy of India (1898-1905); and at University, he was Chancellor of Oxford (1907-1925). As a politician, Curzon served in both the House of Commons (1885-98), where he held some low-level posts in the government. As well as the House of Lords (1908-1925) where he held many important cabinet posts, including that of Foreign Secretary (1919-24). As an explorer he traveled widely, mainly in Asia - whose peoples and cultures dominated his life and career. In 1895 he won the prestigious Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, for his explorations of Asia, and later he would serve as president of the Society from 1911-14. At the conclusion of Curzon's presidency Sargent was commissioned by the Society to produce this portrait of Curzon. In the painting, the decoration worn on his chest is called: "Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India" which is properly worn on the left.
Lord Curzon died March 20th 1925, in London, his funeral was held at Westminster Abby, and he was interred at his family chapel at Kedleston Hall.
For more on Curzon the best, and most resent biography is Curzon, by David Gilmour, published by J. Murray, London, 1994.
I think this is a brief as I can be, while still giving justice to a very long, varied, and distinguished career. 
The Marquess had married firstly to Mary Victoria Leiter (d. 1906) [off site], with whom he had three daughters.
Of his first marriage,
Curzon, was from a wealthy American family from Chicago. She was the
of George's life. She went with him to India where she was a highly
Vicereine. However, the climate as well
as other problems caught up with her and she died in 1906. In his grief
he built an enormous mausoleum in her memory .
(Mistress to George Nathaniel)
The SIRIS shows a painting entitled:
Royal Geographical Society, England
100.3 x 77.5 cm (39 1/2 x 30 1/2 in)
Portrait male - Waist length
2) Kris Radford; Student
and Political Science at the University of Victoria; British Columbia.
Besides supplying the text, Kris helped identify the decoration and
clarify that I had the image flipped originally.