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William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam (1748-1833), Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland

Sitter in 12 portraits
William Wentworth Fitzwilliam succeeded to the Earldom in 1756 and entered the House of Lords in 1769. He was the nephew of Lord Rockingham, leader of the Old Whig opposition faction in the 1760s and 1770s, and when Rockingham died in 1782, FitzWilliam inherited his estates. This made him one of the wealthiest landowners in the country, and he also took up his uncle's role as a major leader of the Whigs. In the Lords, he was one of the leading supporters of the Fox-North coalition government. He served briefly as Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.

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L146

The Death of the Earl of Chatham

by John Singleton Copley
oil on canvas, 1779-1781
NPG L146

2076

Mr Fox and his Friends

by William Lane
black crayon with red and white heightening on tinted paper, circa 1813
NPG 2076

D17894

William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam

by Joseph Grozer, published by William Austin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1786
NPG D17894

D15497

William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam

by Joseph Grozer, published by William Austin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 31 March 1786
NPG D15497

D12861

' - "More pigs than teats", - or - the new litter of hungry grunters, sucking John-Bull's-old-sow to death'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 5 March 1806
NPG D12861

D1956

William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1820 or after (1785)
NPG D1956

D15498

William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam

by Robert Bowyer Parkes, published by Henry Graves, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1865
NPG D15498

D36961

William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam

by Joseph Grozer, published by William Austin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1786
NPG D36961

D36957

William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam

by and published by Samuel William Reynolds, after William Owen
mezzotint, 1818 (1817)
NPG D36957

D36958

William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam

by and published by Samuel William Reynolds, after William Owen
mezzotint, 1818 (1817)
NPG D36958

D36956

William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam

by Robert Bowyer Parkes, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, late 19th century (1764)
NPG D36956

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