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William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire (1748-1811), Lord High Treasurer of Ireland

Sitter in 7 portraits
The 5th Duke is best known for his first wife Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. He came from one of the wealthiest and most powerful Whig families, but was neither particularly ambitious nor particularly able. He was married twice: first, to Lady Georgiana Spencer; and subsequently to Lady Elizabeth Foster, nee Hervey, daughter of the 4th Earl of Bristol, who had been his mistress and his first wife's friend and confidante in a ménage à trois for more than twenty years. He served as Lord Treasurer of Ireland from 1764 until 1793.

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The Death of the Earl of Chatham

by John Singleton Copley
oil on canvas, 1779-1781
NPG L146


Mr Fox and his Friends

by William Lane
black crayon with red and white heightening on tinted paper, circa 1813
NPG 2076


William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire

by John Raphael Smith, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1776
NPG D1752


William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1808
NPG D13723


William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire

by Henry Bone, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, August 1811 (exhibited 1776)
NPG D17684


William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire

by W.T. Holland, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1865
NPG D2269


William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire; Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire

by Noble, published by Alexander Hogg, after Dodd
line engraving, published 30 April 1787
NPG D15512

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