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Throughout the reign of Queen Anne (1702–1714), Pulteney played a prominent part in the Whig struggle to regain power from the Tories. He became a Whig Member of Parliament in 1705 and held a number of government posts before falling out with Sir Robert Walpole, the Whig Prime Minister. From his opposition faction, Pulteney was in a position to take over the government on three occasions, but failed to do so.
oil on canvas
154.9 x 147.3 cm
Purchased, 1872. On long-term loan to Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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