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William Pitt

(1759-1806), Prime Minister

Sitter associated with 171 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, published by The Medici Society Ltd, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D40244

William Pitt

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

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William Pitt

by John Hoppner
oil on canvas, 1805
NPG L249

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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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The Royal Cock=Pitt (William Pitt; Charles James Fox)

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 20 December 1796
NPG D47138

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William Pitt ('Billy Caught Naping [napping])

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 24 April 1797
NPG D47140

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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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The Arms and Supporters of a Debateing Society (Charles James Fox; William Pitt)

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 25 January 1798
NPG D47139

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William Pitt

by Joan Fabris, published by Antonio Suntach, after Simon De Kostar
stipple and line engraving, published 20 May 1800
NPG D19646

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William Pitt

by Anthony Cardon, published by and after Henry Edridge
stipple engraving, published 1804 (1801)
NPG D19877

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William Pitt

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

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