Regency Portraits Catalogue
William Pitt (1759-1806), 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).
Referencesback to topDavies 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.
Draper Hill, Mr Gillray, 1965.
Holland Rose 1911
J. Holland Rose, William Pitt, 2 vols., 1911.
John Jarrett, Pitt the Younger, 1974.
McKay & Roberts 1909
McKay & Roberts, Hoppner, 1909, pp 205-8.
Sir George Scharf, Catalogue of All Known Portraits of William Pitt, 1886.
J. T. Smith, Nollekens and his Times, 2 vols., ed. W. Whitten 1920.
Earl Stanhope, Life of William Pitt, 1867, 3 vols., 1879 contains a résumé of portraits in III, pp 403-5.
D. E. Williams, Life of Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1831.
Works of Gillray, 7 vol. edn. in NPG library.
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