Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708-1778), Prime Minister
His height was noted by a number of contemporaries, Beckford among them, and Shelburne records
'He was tall in his person, and as genteel as a martyr to the gout could be, with the eye of a hawk, a little head, thin face, long aquiline nose, and perfectly erect.' 
'He was scrupulously exact in his dress, and was never seen on business without a full dress coat and tie-wig'. 
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Referencesback to topFarington
Joseph Farington, Diary MS, Windsor typescript, Royal Library.
Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice, Life of William Earl of Shelburne, 1875.
E. Meteyard, Life of Josiah Wedgwood, 1866.
J. D. Prown, John Singleton Copley, The Ailsa Mellon Bruce Studies in American Art, II, Washington, 1966.
Lord Rosebery, Chatham: His early Life and Connections, 1910.
Smith (ed.) 1852
The Grenville Papers, ed. W. J. Smith, 1852.
B. Tunstall, William Pitt, 1938.
B. Williams, Life of Pitt, 1915.
M. Whinney, Sculpture in Britain 1530-1830, 1964.
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.