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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

(1711-1779), Statesman

Sitter in 16 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 - NPG 258

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Hoare
oil on canvas, circa 1757-1760
NPG 258

The Death of the Earl of Chatham, by John Singleton Copley - NPG 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
NPG L146

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, by James Watson, published by  John Bowles, after  William Hoare - NPG D6939

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by James Watson, published by John Bowles, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1760-1761
NPG D6939

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, by Richard Houston, published by  Carington Bowles, after  William Hoare - NPG D6941

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by Richard Houston, published by Carington Bowles, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1760-1761
NPG D6941

'The Times', Plate 1, by William Hogarth - NPG D21366

'The Times', Plate 1

by William Hogarth
etching and engraving, published 1762
NPG D21366

Death of the Earl of Chatham (includes William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and 55 other sitters), by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  John Singleton Copley - NPG D18117

Death of the Earl of Chatham (includes William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and 55 other sitters)

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after John Singleton Copley
line engraving, published 1791
NPG D18117

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, by Samuel William Reynolds, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D13812

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint with line and stipple engraving, published 1834
NPG D13812

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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by and published by Richard Houston, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1757-1760
NPG D40503

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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by and published by Richard Houston, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1757-1760
NPG D40504

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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by Richard Houston, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1757-1760
NPG D40505

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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by James Watson, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1760-1761
NPG D6940

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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Hoare, published by Robert Sayer
mezzotint, (1760)
NPG D18997

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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, circa 1778 (1775-1776)
NPG D40506

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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, circa 1778 (1775-1776)
NPG D40507

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Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by William Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, circa 1778 (1775-1776)
NPG D40508

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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)
NPG D15009

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