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William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

after Richard Brompton
oil on canvas, based on a work of 1772
45 3/4 in. x 33 3/4 in. (1162 mm x 857 mm)
Given by Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope, 1868
Primary Collection
NPG 259

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  • Richard Brompton (1734-1783), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 17 portraits.

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This portrait of Lord Chatham in his parliamentary robes is a version of one painted in 1772 as a gift from Chatham to his friend, Lord Stanhope. When the original was exhibited the following year, it was seen by Horace Walpole who thought it a strong likeness but raw and hard. This version comes from the Stanhope family but is not good enough to be the original. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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