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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