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The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath)

7 of 15 portraits of William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath), by Unknown artist, published 1742 - NPG D9351 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath)

by Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 1742
10 3/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (265 mm x 190 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D9351


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This biting satire - The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (1742) - attacked Pulteney for refusing to accept command for a third time. With his public face slipped to reveal a devil behind the civic mask, this print says much about the way polite, oil portraiture could be read as flattering and misleading propaganda.

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