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William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister

Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

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This painting is a variation of John Hoppner's full-length portrait of Pitt at Cowdray Park (1805), which was at the centre of a thriving market for portrait reproductions after his death the following year. According to Lord Normanby who had seen Pitt sit for the original portrait: 'then came applications from the most intimate friends of the deceased statesman for copies … After that I know copies of copies were multiplied to any that wished them' (Walker, 'Portraits', Vol. ii). A number of artists were known to have been employed by Hoppner as copyists, including John Rising.




oil on canvas


H 68.6 x W 57.2 cm

Accession number

WOA 647

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Parliamentary Art Collection

The Curator's Office, Department of Information Services, House of Commons, 1 Canon Row, Greater London SW1A 0AA England

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