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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Pitt (1759-1806), Prime Minister

Prime Minister.

'Opie remarked on the expression of Mr Pitt's face saying that abt the forehead, - eyebrows & eyes there was a power of expression that was extraordinary. - He said there was a devilish power expressed (meaning mighty) which made so great an impression on his mind that when He returned home He endeavoured to make a sketch of Pitt's look' (Diary of Joseph Farington, 22 May 1804).

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Davies 1946
Martin Davies, British School (National Gallery Catalogue 1946).

Diary of Joseph Farington, 1804-7.

Ehrman 1969, 1983
John Ehrman, The Younger Pitt, 2 vols., 1969 & 1983.

Hill 1965
Draper Hill, Mr Gillray, 1965.

Holland Rose 1911
J. Holland Rose, William Pitt, 2 vols., 1911.

Jarrett 1974
John Jarrett, Pitt the Younger, 1974.

McKay & Roberts 1909
McKay & Roberts, Hoppner, 1909, pp 205-8.

Scharf 1886
Sir George Scharf, Catalogue of All Known Portraits of William Pitt, 1886.

Smith 1920
J. T. Smith, Nollekens and his Times, 2 vols., ed. W. Whitten 1920.

Stanhope 1879
Earl Stanhope, Life of William Pitt, 1867, 3 vols., 1879 contains a résumé of portraits in III, pp 403-5.

Williams 1831
D. E. Williams, Life of Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1831.

Works of Gillray, 7 vol. edn. in NPG library.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, 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.