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John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham, by George Romney, scanned from 'House of Pitt' by Sir Tresham Lever (1947). This is the portrait on which Jacqui Reiter's excellent drawing is based (pinterest.com/...). It hangs, or used to hang, at Chevening, formerly the home of William Pitt's biographer Earl Stanhope.
'Anna Pitt as Hebe' by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. Anna, more usually known as Anne, was the daughter of Thomas Pitt, 1st Lord Camelford, and was William's second cousin. She married another cousin of Pitt's, William Wyndham Grenville, in 1792. © The State Hermitage Museum: Digital Collection.
1789 French/Swiss Miniature at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "It depicts French politician Jean-Joseph Mounier, who was involved in the struggle between Parliament and Court on the eve of the French Revolution and was secretary of the assembly that drafted the grievances presented to Louis XVI. Elected president of the Constituent Assembly in 1789, he disapproved of later proceedings and resigned his post the following year."
William Pitt engraved by John Jones, 1789, after the Romney portrait (which explains why he looks so handsome!) He's wearing his Chancellor's robes, and his right hand rests on a paper entitled "Regency Bill", meaning this print was produced on the back of the recently concluded Regency crisis (1788-89). This represents Pitt at the high point of his career. With the French revolution just around the corner, things were never again to be so rosy for him as at this precise moment.
1712 French Armour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - In the 18th century, ceremonial suits of armour for aristocrats were fading from use. This suit was one of the last ever made - and if further evidence is needed that this was just ceremonial and wasn't meant for battle, note that the recipient of this armour (the Spanish Infante Luis, Prince of Asturias) was only 5 years old at the time. He was one of King Louis XIV's great-grandsons and this piece was commissioned just for him.
"James Murray" by an unknown artist (1765-1770) at the National Portrait Gallery, London - Murray was the one of Wolfe's brigadier generals to stay behind as commander of the troops in Quebec after the city was successfully taken in 1759. After the conclusion of the Seven Years' War, he was appointed Governor of the newly British colony, but was recalled in 1766 (although he would nominally hold the post until 1768) due to conflicts with the new English-American merchants who settled there.