George Nugent Temple Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham

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George Nugent Temple Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham, by Unknown artist, circa 1787-1789 - NPG 5168 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

George Nugent Temple Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1787-1789
93 1/2 in. x 57 5/8 in. (2370 mm x 1464 mm)
Purchased, 1977
Primary Collection
NPG 5168


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In 1764, on the death of the Earl of Macclesfield, Grenville became one of the tellers of the exchequer. Ten years later he became an MP for Buckinghamshire. Hostile to the American war, he succeeded as second Earl Temple in 1779 and made his maiden speech in the Lords the following year. He was twice appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland (1782-3 and 1787-9),and it was probably during his second term of office that this portrait of him in his official robes was painted.

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