The Right Honourable William Pitt, Earl of Chatham
William Hoare having returned from Rome to establish himself in Bath, produced his portrait of William Pitt when the latter was forty-seven and had temporarily abandoned politics and retired to Bath to nurse his recurrent gout. Hoare posed his sitter carefully, underplaying his prominent nose and dressing him as a prosperous gentleman. Two years after the portrait was made, Pitt was elevated to Secretary of State and leader of the House of Commons and in those positions guided Britain to success in the Seven Years War.
William Pitt "the Elder", Earl of Chatham,(1708-1788). Statesman. Dominated British politics in the middle of the eighteenth century, although was only prime minister for 2 years.
A wildly popular politician with great influence, he effectively served as prime minister throughout the earlier premierships of the Duke of Devonshire and the the Lord Newcastle.
His appreciated the relationship between war and trading success and chose his military campaigns to increase national trade. Conquering India, Canada, the West Indies and West Africa were all immensely beneficial to Britain's merchants.
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