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A Bust of William Pitt the Younger
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A Bust of William Pitt the Younger

Circa 1810

Measurements: Height: 20cm (8in)

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Patinated Bronze after Nollekens. The youthful prime minister bare chested and looking slightly left on an integral socle. The reverse inscribed ‘Wm. Pitt’.

Arguably England’s greatest statesman, Pitt was the second son of the Earl of Chatham. In 1783 he became Prime Minister when only twenty-five years of age. He remained eighteen years in office. During his ministry he passed his famous India Bill, establishing a Board of Control over the East India Company, ably conducted the administration of Government during the troublesome times of the French Revolution, restored order in Ireland after the rebellion of 1798 and in 1800 passed the bill for the Union of Great Britain and Ireland. He was again Prime Minister from 1804 to 1806, when he died in office. The news of the defeat of the Austrians and Russians by Napoleon at Austerlitz is said to have killed him. He was the first Prime Minister since the beginning of the George III’s reign who had possessed the entire confidence of the King and the nation.
 

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