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Ordained as a priest in 1778, Cornewall was promoted rapidly and in 1797 was consecrated Bishop of Bristol. He became Bishop of Hereford, a wealthier bishopric than Bristol, in 1803. In 1805 he deputised for Richard Hurd, the elderly Bishop of Worcester, on a confirmation tour. Following Hurd's death, Cornewall was nominated to succeed him. The Prime Minister, William Cavendish-Bentinck, wrote to King George III that Cornewall's appointment was 'much wished for by the principal gentry as well as clergy', and that his political opinions would help secure the diocese's loyalty to the administration.
oil on bevelled oak panel
H 56.2 x W 44.2 cm
Given by C. A. South, 1980