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William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

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Grenville, William Pitt's first cousin, served as Speaker of the House of Commons (1789) and Foreign Secretary (1791–1801). The protégé and loyal follower of his cousin, Grenville was angered by Pitt's failure to oppose Addington and broke with him to join Fox and Grey in opposition. It was as head of the 'Ministry of All the Talents' coalition government, following Pitt's death, that Grenville was Prime Minister from 1806 to 1807. A reluctant leader, he resigned over George III's refusal to agree to Catholic emancipation; his administration nevertheless saw the abolition of British participation in the slave trade.
A variant on the larger seated portrait painted for the family collection at Stowe and now in the North Carolina Museum.

National Portrait Gallery, London





oil on canvas


H 76.8 x W 63.5 cm

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Purchased, 1871

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