Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue
John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville (1690-1763), Secretary of State
Among many tributes by his contemporaries, Swift recorded that he was 'a most comely and graceful person',  and Horace Walpole noted: 'His person was handsome, open and engaging, his eloquence rapid and pompous.'  Chesterfield described him as 'a wild drunken Minister', but also ‘... one of the best speakers in the House of Lords ... when he dies the ablest head in England dies too ...'. 
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1) G. E. Cockayne, The Complete Peerage, revised by V. Gibbs (and others), 1910-59, VI, p 90, note a.
2) Ibid, pp 90-91, note e.
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.