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Mince-pie administration


18 People in sitter grouping:

The Mince-Pie Administration was a short-lived term for what would become the successful leadership of parliament under William Pitt. Formed in 1783 to stand with King George III against the new coalition ministry, it is thought the group's name was coined by the Whig hostess Lady Frances Crewe, who, like many others, believed that the alternative ministry led by Charles Fox would succeed, and that this new administration would not last the Christmas period. This however was not the case, and by March 1784 Pitt had won a general election against Fox with a comfortable majority.

George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham

George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham

1753-1813
Politician; MP for Buckinghamshire and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Sitter in 33 portraits
Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

1714-1794
Lord Chancellor
Sitter associated with 30 portraits
Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville

Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville

1815-1891
Politician, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and leader of the Liberal party; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter associated with 52 portraits
William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

1759-1834
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 70 portraits
Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron Kenyon

Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron Kenyon

1732-1802
Lord Chief Justice
Sitter in 7 portraits
Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds

Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds

1751-1799
Foreign Secretary
Sitter associated with 9 portraits
Sir Archibald MacDonald, 1st Bt

Sir Archibald MacDonald, 1st Bt

1747-1826
Judge and politician
Sitter in 7 portraits
Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

1742-1811
Statesman
Sitter associated with 82 portraits
William Pitt

William Pitt

1759-1806
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 174 portraits
Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond and Lennox

Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond and Lennox

1735-1806
Field Marshal, ambassador to France and politician, Secretary of State for the Southern Department
Sitter in 28 portraits
George Rose

George Rose

1744-1818
Statesman
Sitter associated with 14 portraits
Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland

Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland

1754-1787
Sitter in 4 portraits
Thomas Steele

Thomas Steele

1753-1823
Secretary to the Treasury
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney

Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney

1733-1800
Statesman
Sitter in 14 portraits
Edward Thurlow, Baron Thurlow

Edward Thurlow, Baron Thurlow

1731-1806
Lord Chancellor
Sitter in 37 portraits
Sir George Yonge, 5th Bt

Sir George Yonge, 5th Bt

1731-1812
Governor of Cape of Good Hope
Sitter associated with 4 portraits

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