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The ascription to Gainsborough Dupont is authenticated by labels on the back of the canvas: 'An Original Portrait of the Right Honble Wm Pitt and for which he sat at Walmer Castle Sepr. 1792 Gainsborough Dupont.,' and at the side: 'Left by Will of Sir James Sanderson Bart to his friend Brook Watson June 1798.' Another label says, 'This picture of the Rt Honble Wm Pitt by Gainsborough Dupont Mr Pitt sat for at Walmer in the year 1792 to oblige Sir James Sanderson Bart who by his Will beqeathed it to me, Brook Watson.' Pitt was elected to parliament in 1780 and became Prime Minister when he was only 24.

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House



William Pitt the Younger (1759–1806)




oil on canvas


H 76 x W 63.5 cm

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management transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum to English Heritage, 2004

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