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Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt (1752-1829), Lord Mayor of London

Sitter in 10 portraits
Curtis founded the bank Robarts, Curtis, Were & Co in the 1780s after making some successful ventures in the Greenland whaling industry. He served as Sheriff and Lord Mayor of London and was a conspicuous and influential figure at Ramsgate, where he built Cliff House and kept a luxurious private yacht. He was elected MP for the City of London in 1790, and tenaciously defended the privileges of the Corporation of London and the interests of the mercantile community in parliament. Curtis was prominent as a supporter of the financial and war policies of both Pitt and his successor Addington, by whom he was rewarded with a baronetcy in 1802.

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The House of Commons 1793-94

by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, 1793-1795
On display at Palace of Westminster, London
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Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1827
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Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1827
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D13108

'Middlesex-election. 1804'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 7 August 1804
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Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt

by William Sharp, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
etching, published 1814 (1812)
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D4516

Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt ('A member of the corporation')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1820 (1824)
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Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt ('A member of the corporation')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1820
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Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt

by George Cruikshank, published by Edward Knight
hand-coloured etching, published 12 August 1822
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D17249

Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, January 1828 (1812)
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Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt

by and published by William Say, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1831 (1812)
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