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

Artwork Info

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

Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Lee Brooks

Culture
European

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.

tags: change, identity, impact, place, portrait, US History

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