Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield(1694-1773), Statesman
Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Chesterfield was a shrewd politician, noted for his fine oratory, (which he modelled on his beloved Cicero), a caustic and untiring opponent of Sir Robert Walpole, and an enlightened Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. A patron of literature who offended Dr Johnson, Chesterfield was an ardent Francophile and an intimate friend of Montesquieu as well as Alexander Pope, and an urbane man of the world whose stoic philosophy of life and belief in the cultivation of the graces are enshrined in the celebrated Letters to his Son, published after his death.
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