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Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

(1742-1811), Statesman

Sitter associated with 80 portraits
Henry Dundas was an important ally of Prime Minister William Pitt and a leading power-broker in Scotland. In 1784, he helped to pass Pitt's India Act, removing political power from the East India Company. As Home Secretary between 1791 and 1794, Melville delayed the abolition of slavery by amending Wilberforce's bill to make abolition 'gradual'. He was appointed Secretary of War in 1794 and organised the successful Egyptian campaign of 1801. His career came to an end in 1804, when he was impeached for financial mismanagement. He was narrowly acquitted but never held another ministerial position.

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'The brewer and the thistle', by James Sayers, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12264

'The brewer and the thistle'

by James Sayers, published by Hannah Humphrey
etching and aquatint, published 26 June 1805
NPG D12264

'The wounded lion', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12847

'The wounded lion'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 16 July 1805
NPG D12847

'Bruin in his boat, - or - the manager in distress', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12869

'Bruin in his boat, - or - the manager in distress'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 20 June 1806
NPG D12869

'Delicious dreams! - Castles in the air! - Glorious prospects!', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12905

'Delicious dreams! - Castles in the air! - Glorious prospects!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 10 April 1808
NPG D12905

'Broad-bottom drones storming the hive - wasps, hornets & bumble bees, joining in the attack', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12906

'Broad-bottom drones storming the hive - wasps, hornets & bumble bees, joining in the attack'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 May 1808
NPG D12906

'Disciples catching the mantle: - the spirit of darkness overshadowing the priests of Baal', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13116

'Disciples catching the mantle: - the spirit of darkness overshadowing the priests of Baal'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 25 June 1808
NPG D13116

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, by Henry Meyer, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D8516

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

by Henry Meyer, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 6 September 1810 (circa 1810)
NPG D8516

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, by Henry Meyer, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  William Evans, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D8536

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 6 September 1810 (circa 1810)
NPG D8536

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, by Henry Meyer, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  William Evans, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D14008

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 6 September 1810 (circa 1810)
NPG D14008

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, by Antoine Maurin, printed by  François Le Villain, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D8517

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

by Antoine Maurin, printed by François Le Villain, after Sir Henry Raeburn
hand-coloured lithograph, 1820s-1830s
NPG D8517

'The Dilettanti Society', by Charles Algernon Tomkins, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D32326

'The Dilettanti Society'

by Charles Algernon Tomkins, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, mid 19th century (1777-1779)
NPG D32326

'The Dilettanti Society', by Charles Algernon Tomkins, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D15003

'The Dilettanti Society'

by Charles Algernon Tomkins, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, mid 19th century (1777-1779)
NPG D15003

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, by Edward McInnes, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D5674

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

by Edward McInnes, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1843 (1810)
NPG D5674

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, by Edward McInnes, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D5675

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

by Edward McInnes, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1843 (1810)
NPG D5675

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Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

by James Heath, published by J. Walker, after Dodd
line engraving, published 31 August 1782
NPG D15644

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'Ancient music'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
etching, published 10 May 1787
NPG D14861

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'End of the Irish invasion; - or - the destruction of the French armada'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
etching and aquatint, published 20 January 1797
NPG D15304

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Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

by Henry Meyer, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 6 September 1810 (circa 1810)
NPG D8535

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'The Dilettanti Society'

by Charles Algernon Tomkins, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, mid 19th century (1777-1779)
NPG D35198

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'The Dilettanti Society'

by Vincent Brooks, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, mid 19th century (1777-1779)
NPG D35199

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