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William Pitt

(1759-1806), Prime Minister

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 173 portraits
Pitt dominated Parliament as Tory Prime Minister from 1783 to 1801 and 1804 to 1806. He restructured Britain's finances after the American Revolution and reformed the government of India in 1784. Pitt regarded the French Revolution as a foreign issue but began to worry that British radicals were in touch with French revolutionaries. After France declared war in 1793, he clamped down on domestic dissent with the first series of 'gagging acts'. In 1800 he arranged a Parliamentary union with Ireland but resigned in 1801 over George III's opposition to Catholics sitting in Parliament. Pitt's rivalry with Fox, his political and temperamental opposite, dominated Parliament for over twenty years.

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William Pitt, by Thomas Bragg, after  John Hoppner - NPG D829

William Pitt

by Thomas Bragg, after John Hoppner
line engraving, published 1810
NPG D829

William Pitt, by Henry Meyer, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  John Jackson, and after  John Hoppner - NPG D15478

William Pitt

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, and after John Hoppner
stipple engraving, published 17 November 1810
NPG D15478

William Pitt, by James Heath, after  Edward Francisco Burney, after  Joseph Nollekens - NPG D40245

William Pitt

by James Heath, after Edward Francisco Burney, after Joseph Nollekens
line engraving, (1812)
NPG D40245

William Pitt, by Joshua (or John) Kirby Baldrey, after  Joseph Nollekens - NPG D40237

William Pitt

by Joshua (or John) Kirby Baldrey, after Joseph Nollekens
stipple engraving, circa 1815
NPG D40237

William Pitt, by Richard James Lane - NPG D21945

William Pitt

by Richard James Lane
lithograph, 1835
NPG D21945

William Pitt, published by The Medici Society Ltd, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D40244

William Pitt

published by The Medici Society Ltd, after Thomas Gainsborough
chromolithograph, published 1911
NPG D40244

William Pitt, by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by  The Baynard Press - NPG D40241

William Pitt

by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by The Baynard Press
chromolithograph, published 1943
NPG D40241

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William Pitt

by John Hoppner
oil on canvas, 1805
NPG L249

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'Ancient music'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
etching, published 10 May 1787
NPG D14861

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'End of the Irish invasion; - or - the destruction of the French armada'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
etching and aquatint, published 20 January 1797
NPG D15304

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William Pitt

by Joan Fabris, published by Antonio Suntach, after Simon De Kostar
stipple and line engraving, published 20 May 1800
NPG D19646

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William Pitt

by Anthony Cardon, published by and after Henry Edridge
stipple engraving, published 1804 (1801)
NPG D19877

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