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William Pitt ('The Minister endeavouring to eke out Dr Pr*ty***n's bisho-prick')
by James Gillray, published by R. Phillips Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published March 1787
12 3/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. (323 mm x 241 mm) paper size
- William Pitt (1759-1806), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 168 portraits.
- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- R. Phillips (active 1787). Artist associated with 3 portraits.
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