5 of 167 portraits of 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
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Artistback to top
- 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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- Audio Guide
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 95
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 496
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 392
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 43