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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden (1714-1794), Lord Chancellor

Attorney-general 1757-62; chief justice of common pleas 1762-66; lord chancellor 1766-70; lord president of council 1782-83 and 1784-94; FRS 1742; Kt 1761, created Baron Camden 1765 and Earl Camden 1786.

‘His eminently judicial qualifications shone forth conspicuously when he rose into the proper sphere. His unwearied patience, his unbroken suavity of manner, his unruffled calmness of temper … went far to constitute a perfect judge’ (Lord Brougham, 1843).

‘By nature and habit Camden was an indolent dilettante and a temperate epicure ... [his] person, though small, was handsome, and a genial smile animated his regular features and fine grey eyes’ (DNB).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.