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Ann Wardley
Ann Wardley • 1 year ago

"Portrait of William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham" by Jean André Rouquet at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - More commonly known as William Pitt the Elder (to distinguish him from his son William Pitt the Younger), this was the British Secretary of State during the Seven Years War and many victories have been attributed to his policies. This is why, for instance, when the British took Fort Duquesne from the French, they renamed it Fort Pitt - now the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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One of the two main characters, William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806). Here portrayed by George Romney in about 1783, when he was 23/4. Incredibly he was probably already a cabinet minister when this portrait was painted.

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.

William Pitt Tobacco Card from 1933.

Lady Hester Grenville, Pitt's mother, painted by ??? Hudson at some point before she married William Pitt in 1754.

This is Willy Pitt the Younger. Geddit cuz Pitt's a PRICK AHAHAHAHA

  • Kita Inoru

    Yes, of course I meant you (as in Jacqui) and CJF (and not the actual Charles James Fox)! lol - I thought that would have been obvious.

  • Jacqui Reiter

    It was kind of ambiguous when I read back the comments... ;-) You will quickly realise that I am very touchy about John. Poor beggar's had 200 years of people being nasty about him so it's time someone stood up for him. *squares shoulders*

  • Kita Inoru

    Ah, okay. Don't know why people would have been nasty about him, but duly noted nonetheless.

  • Charles James Fox

    JAWN IS FEMALE *runs off*

  • Kita Inoru

    Mr. Fox, for your own sake, I hope you are capable of using a musket or some other equally long-range weapon....

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