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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple (1711-1779), Statesman

Sitter in 15 portraits
Grenville-Temple entered Parliament as an MP in 1734. In 1754, his sister Hester married William Pitt, and from that time, Temple's career was linked with that of his brother-in-law. He was made First Lord of the Admiralty in 1756, and was appointed Lord Privy Seal the following year. He was disliked by King George II, who dismissed both him and Pitt from office in April 1757. By 1765, the friendship between the brothers-in-law was dissolving; and when in 1766 Pitt consented to form a government, Temple refused to join. Although he had been offered the head of the Treasury, he was offended that he would not share with Pitt the ability to nominate to other offices. He soon after retired from public life.

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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Hoare
oil on canvas, circa 1757-1760
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L146

The Death of the Earl of Chatham

by John Singleton Copley
oil on canvas, 1779-1781
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
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D6939

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by James Watson, published by John Bowles, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1760-1761
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by Richard Houston, published by Carington Bowles, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1760-1761
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D21366

'The Times', Plate 1

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, published 1762
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint with line and stipple engraving, published 1834
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by and published by Richard Houston, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1757-1760
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by and published by Richard Houston, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1757-1760
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by Richard Houston, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1757-1760
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by James Watson, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1760-1761
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Hoare, published by Robert Sayer
mezzotint, (1760)
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, circa 1778 (1775-1776)
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, circa 1778 (1775-1776)
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, circa 1778 (1775-1776)
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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by and published by William Dickinson, published by James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 10 May 1778 (1775-1776)
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