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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

George Sackville Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville (1716-1785), Soldier and statesman

Lord George Germain [1]; soldier and statesman; youngest son of Lionel Cranfield Sackville, 7th Earl and 1st Duke of Dorset; godson of George II; educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Dublin; MA, 1734; entered military service in Ireland, 1737; promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 28th foot, 1740, MP 1741-82, distinguished himself at Dettingen, 1743, and at Fontenoy, 1745, but dismissed the service for disobeying orders under Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick at Minden, 1759; court martialled, 1760, and his name erased from the privy council; re-instated by George III, 1765, and in the same year succeeded, after his father's death, to Knole; appointed vice-treasurer of Ireland, 1766, and secretary of state for the colonies, 1775-82; by the will of the widow of Sir John Germain, Bart, assumed the name of Germain and so called between 1770 and 1782; created Viscount Sackville of Drayton Manor, Northampton, 1782.

'Inperson ... tall, robust, and active.' [2]

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1) Sometimes spelt, especially in early records, ‘Germaine'.
2) Dictionary of National Biography, VII, p 1114.

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George et al. 1870-1954
M. D. George and others, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires ... in the British Museum, 1870-1954.

Goodwin 1903
G. Goodwin, James McArdell, 1903.

Phillips (n.d.)
C. J. Phillips, History of the Sackville Family (n.d.).

Rasp 1791
R. E. Rasp, A Descriptive Catalogue of ... [casts] ... by James Tassie, 1791.

Waagen 1854-7
G. F. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, 1854-57.

Ward and Roberts 1904
H. Ward and W. Roberts, Romney, 1904.


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.