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George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe

(1691-1762), British Ambassador to Spain, wit, patron of literature and politician; MP for Bridgwater

Sitter in 7 portraits
Dodington inherited his uncle's estate in 1720, which left him very wealthy. He became a friend of Frederick, Prince of Wales, who took advantage of him to obtain loans to clear debts. Frederick promised him a peerage but died before acceding to the throne. Dodington entered Parliament as a Whig MP in 1722. He was appointed by the prime minister, Robert Walpole, as a Lord Commissioner at the Treasury Board. By 1740 however, relations soured and he was dismissed. He finally achieved his goal of a peerage a year before his death, when King George III honoured his father's promise. His diary, published posthumously in 1784 by Henry Penruddocke Wyndham, is a valuable historical source.

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George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe, by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend - NPG 4855(21)

George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
pen and ink, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(21)

George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe, by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend - NPG 4855(22)

George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
ink and pencil, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(22)

'The Five Orders of Perriwigs', by William Hogarth - NPG D21370

'The Five Orders of Perriwigs'

by William Hogarth
etching, published 1761
NPG D21370

'The Five Orders of Perriwigs', by William Hogarth - NPG D33303

'The Five Orders of Perriwigs'

by William Hogarth
etching, published 1761
NPG D33303

George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe, after Unknown artist - NPG D5244

George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D5244

George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe, after Unknown artist - NPG D5245

George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D5245

George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe, after Unknown artist - NPG D5744

George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D5744

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