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William Pitt, later First Earl of Chatham (1708-1778) (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist
William Hoare
Artist Details
British
1707-1792
Medium
Painting
Created
circa 1754
Dimensions
50 1/16 x 40 1/16 in.
(127.2 x 101.8 cm)

About

William Pitt the Elder (1708-1778) is regarded as the greatest British statesman of the eighteenth century. Although he directed British government for only five years (1756-61), his energy, vision, and practical ability in conducting the Seven Years War led to the British victory over the French in North America and India, and secured the transformation of England into an imperial power. In 1766, Pitt delivered an impassioned plea on behalf of the American colonists who had resisted the Stamp Act, and, during the American Revolution, he continued to argue for moderation and calm in dealing with the colonies, advocating any settlement short of total independence. Pitt County in North Carolina is named after him.

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    William Pitt, later First Earl of Chatham (1708-1778) by William Hoare

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Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Lee Brooks