John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute

1 portrait on display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1773 - NPG 3938 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1773
93 1/4 in. x 57 in. (2369 mm x 1448 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, 1958
Primary Collection
NPG 3938


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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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The 3rd Earl of Bute was the British Prime Minister for a brief period in 1762-3. Unpopular as a Scot and for his influence on the young George III, Bute was blamed for making peace with France in 1763 at the expense of Prussia and was forced to resign. Despite continued criticism of his role in public affairs, he retained his position of influence with the king. A passionate botanist and distinguished patron of the arts, Bute was painted by Reynolds in his full garter robes.

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