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William Pitt Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst of Arracan (1773-1857), Statesman; Governor-General of India

Sitter in 5 portraits
William Pitt Amherst was appointed Governor-General of India in 1823. In 1824 he declared war on the King of Burma who was threatening to invade Bengal. A successful expedition led by Sir Archibald Campbell secured the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826. Amherst was made an earl for his handling of the situation but was forced by ill health to return to England in 1828.

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The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1820-1823
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
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William Pitt Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst of Arracan

by James Posselwhite, after Herbert Luther Smith
stipple engraving, 1845 (1836)
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William Pitt Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst of Arracan

by James Posselwhite, after Herbert Luther Smith
stipple engraving, 1845 (1836)
NPG D7001