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The Right Honorable William Pitt

1789
18th century
48.9 cm x 35.9 cm (19 1/4 in. x 14 1/8 in.)

James Gillray (London, 1757 - 1815, London) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Patricia Ross, by exchange, 2010
            
               Accession Number:                2010.60             
            
Object Description: Trained as an engraver at the Royal Academy, Gillray wanted to build a reputation outside of satire, considered a less serious art form. Throughout his career he was continuously criticized by patrons. William Pitt, Prime Minister (1783-1801 and 1804-1806), frequently appeared in Gillray’s caricatures; in this portrait, however, he attempted a formal depiction of the politician. The print was rejected because of its awkward and unflattering features. The artist retorted, “I…am convin[ced] that my likeness is a striking one therefore, I will not alter an iota for any mans opinion upon Earth.”

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