William Pitt

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William Pitt, studio of John Hoppner, circa 1805 or later - NPG 697 - Tate 2013; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Tate 2013; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

William Pitt

studio of John Hoppner
oil on canvas, circa 1805 or later
55 1/2 in. x 42 1/2 in. (1410 mm x 1080 mm)
Lent by Tate Gallery, 1954
Primary Collection
NPG 697


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  • William Pitt (1759-1806), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 167 portraits.

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  • John Hoppner (1758-1810), Painter. Artist associated with 213 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

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This studio copy of Hoppner's portrait depicts Pitt a year before he died of exhaustion and drink, aged only forty-six. 'A vile picture,' his friend William Wilberforce called it, 'his face anxious, diseased, reddened with wine, and soured . . . by disappointment. Poor fellow, how unlike my youthful Pitt !'

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