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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Henry Pelham (1695?-1754), Prime Minister

Statesman; son of Thomas, 1st Baron Pelham, educated at Westminster School and Oxford; served as a volunteer against the Jacobites at Preston; MP for Seaford, 1717, and for Sussex, 1722, until his death; a consistent supporter of Walpole and Townshend, became secretary at war, 1724, paymaster of the forces, 1730, first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer, 1743; with his brother the Duke of Newcastle (q.v.) supreme in parliament from 1746 until their quarrel of 1749.

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.