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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton (1709-1773), Scholar and Whig politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer

Politician and scholar; MP for Okehampton, 1735-56; a lord of the treasury, 1744-54; with Pitt and the Grenvilles, a leader of the 'Cobhamites'; chancellor of the exchequer, briefly, 1756; created Baron Lyttelton of Frankley, 1756; friend of Pope and Thomson; Fielding dedicated Tom Jones to him; published To the Memory of a Lady [Lucy Lyttelton] lately deceased, a Monody, 1747, and among other works Dialogue of the Dead, 1760, and The History of the Life of Henry the Second ..., 1767-71.
Born prematurely, he was 'thrown away by the nurse as a dead child, but upon closer inspection was found to be alive. Though he lived to the age of sixty-four, his appearance bespoke this inauspicious entry into the world'. [1] Hervey commented his face was 'so ugly, his person so ill-made, and his carriage so awkward, that every feature was a blemish, every limb an incumbrance, and every motion a disgrace'. [2]

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1) Lord Albemarle, Memoirs of Rockingham, 1852, I, p 205, 24 July, 1796.
2) G. E. Cockayne, The Complete Peerage, revised by V. Gibbs (and others), 1910-59, VIII, p 310, note (d).

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Albemarle 1852
Lord Albemarle, Memoirs of Rockingham, I, 1852.

Catalogue of Pictures & Portraits at Hagley Hall, Worcestershire, Sir R. C. Hoare Bart, MS taken c.1794-98 (photostat in NPG archives).

Heeley 1777
[J. Heeley], A Description of Hagley Park, 1777.

Stowe: A Description of the House and Gardens, c.1797.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.