William Pitt (1759-1806) Prime Minister
Oil on canvas1910
About the work
This portrait, a copy of a work by John Hoppner, was among five portraits presented by art dealer (William) Lockett Agnew to Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, for display at 10 Downing Street, in 1910. Hoppner’s original of 1805 was commissioned by diplomat and politician Henry Phipps, first Earl of Mulgrave, a strong supporter of Pitt. It hung in the Grocers' Hall, City of London, but was destroyed when fire spread through the building in 1965. Although regarded by many as Hoppner's best achievement, the painting was also criticised on the grounds of 'so much hauteur and disdainful severity'.
About the artist
William A. Menzies worked as a copyist, making numerous accurate reproductions of works by other artists. In total there are six copies by Menzies in the Government Art Collection, all of which were painted between 1910 and 1918.
- William Pitt (1759-1806) Prime Minister
- Oil on canvas
- height: 243.00 cm, width: 155.00 cm
- Presented by William Lockett Agnew, 1910
- Collection of art dealer (William) Lockett Agnew (1858-1918); by whom presented for display in 10 Downing Street in 1910
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