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William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath (1684-1764), Statesman

Sitter in 15 portraits
Throughout the reign of Queen Anne (1702-14), Pulteney played a prominent part in the Whig struggle to regain power from the Tories. He became a Whig Member of Parliament in 1705 and held a number of government posts before falling out with Sir Robert Walpole, the Whig Prime Minister. From his opposition faction, Pulteney was in a position to take over the government on three occasions, but failed to do so. When Walpole fell from power in 1742, Pulteney declined two requests by George II to form a government, accepting instead the first Lordship of the Treasury in the 1st Earl of Wilmington's ministry (1742-3) and the earldom of Bath.

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3194

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1717
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3194

6233

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by Jacques Antoine Dassier
bronze medal, 1744
NPG 6233

35

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, (1755-1757)
NPG 35

D663

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1717)
NPG D663

D33125

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1732
NPG D33125

D666

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by James Scott, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (circa 1755-1757)
NPG D666

D667

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by James Scott, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (circa 1755-1757)
NPG D667

D664

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by James Macardell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1758 (1757)
NPG D664

D665

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by James Macardell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1758 (1757)
NPG D665

D21503

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by William Henry Mote, published by Harding & Lepard, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, published 1831
NPG D21503

D18764

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1717)
NPG D18764

D18825

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1732 (1717)
NPG D18825

D14019

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by William Henry Mote, published by Harding & Lepard, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, published 1 January 1832
NPG D14019

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