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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Charles Hanbury Williams (1708-1759), Satirical writer and diplomat

Satirical writer and diplomatist; son of John Hanbury; assumed name of Williams, 1729; educated at Eton; MP for Monmouthshire, 1734-47, and Leominster, 1754-59; paymaster of marine forces, 1739-42; KB, 1744; envoy to court of Dresden, 1747; envoy extraordinary at Berlin, 1750, at Dresden, 1751-53, Vienna, 1753, again at Dresden, 1754, St Petersburg, 1755-57; died by his own hand. He published numerous occasional satirical verses and other writings; a fairly complete collected edition appeared, 1822.


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.