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William Pitt (1759-1806), Prime Minister

Sitter associated with 167 portraits
Pitt dominated Parliament as Tory Prime Minister from 1783 to 1801 and 1804 to 1806. He restructured Britain's finances after the American Revolution and reformed the government of India in 1784. Pitt regarded the French Revolution as a foreign issue but began to worry that British radicals were in touch with French revolutionaries. After France declared war in 1793, he clamped down on domestic dissent with the first series of 'gagging acts'. In 1800 he arranged a Parliamentary union with Ireland but resigned in 1801 over George III's opposition to Catholics sitting in Parliament. Pitt's rivalry with Fox, his political and temperamental opposite, dominated Parliament for over twenty years.

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William Pitt

by William Bromley, published by Robert Bowyer, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 4 June 1808
NPG D40252


William Pitt

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, and after John Hoppner
stipple engraving, published 17 November 1810
NPG D40235


William Pitt

by Thomas Bragg, after John Hoppner
line engraving, published 1810
NPG D829


William Pitt

by James Heath, after Edward Francisco Burney, after Joseph Nollekens
line engraving, (1812)
NPG D40245


William Pitt

by Joshua (or John) Kirby Baldrey, after Joseph Nollekens
stipple engraving, circa 1815
NPG D40237


William Pitt

published by The Medici Society Ltd, after Thomas Gainsborough
chromolithograph, published 1911
NPG D40244


William Pitt

by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by The Baynard Press
chromolithograph, published 1943
NPG D40241