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.