Search the Collection

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

(1708-1778), Prime Minister

Sitter associated with 33 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
Statesman and Prime Minister. Forced by opinion on George II to save the nation in 1756, Pitt led the House of Commons and organised the victories of 1759 over France which consolidated British sea power and brought territorial gains in India and Canada. In 1761 he resigned. He returned to office as Prime Minister in 1766, accepting an earldom, only to fall ill and retire. Although suffering from manic-depression, Pitt left his sick bed in 1778 to plead for a tolerant attitude to the British colonists in America. He was the father of William Pitt the younger.

List Thumbnail

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, by John Keyse Sherwin, after  Richard Brompton - NPG D32904

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Richard Brompton
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D32904

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, by John Keyse Sherwin, after  Richard Brompton - NPG D32905

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Richard Brompton
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D32905

Death of the Earl of Chatham (includes William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and 55 other sitters), by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  John Singleton Copley - NPG D18117

Death of the Earl of Chatham (includes William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and 55 other sitters)

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after John Singleton Copley
line engraving, published 1791
NPG D18117

'Two pair of portraits', by James Gillray, published by  John Wright - NPG D12669

'Two pair of portraits'

by James Gillray, published by John Wright
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 1 December 1798
NPG D12669

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford; James Wolfe; William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, by Thomas Abiel Prior, after  Unknown artist, and after  J.S.C. Schaak, and after  Richard Brompton - NPG D17872

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford; James Wolfe; William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by Thomas Abiel Prior, after Unknown artist, and after J.S.C. Schaak, and after Richard Brompton
line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D17872

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, by William Holl Sr, after  William Derby, after  William Hoare - NPG D32923

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by William Holl Sr, after William Derby, after William Hoare
stipple engraving, published 1832
NPG D32923

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, by G. Gabrielli, after  Richard Brompton - NPG D32924

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by G. Gabrielli, after Richard Brompton
etching, published 1875
NPG D32924

Web image not currently available

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by Richard Houston, after William Hoare
mezzotint, (circa 1754)
NPG D19075

Web image not currently available

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by Richard Houston, after William Hoare
mezzotint, (circa 1754)
NPG D20361

Web image not currently available

Key to 'The Death of Chatham'

by Abraham Raimbach, after John Singleton Copley
engraving, 1794
NPG D9178

Web image not currently available

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by William Ridley, published by Vernor & Hood
stipple engraving, published 4 June 1805
NPG D16129

Places

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.