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Manchester Pitt Club, 1813
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Manchester Pitt Club, 1813

Measurements: Diameter: 50mm



By T. Wyon Senior. Frosted silver medal, Obverse, bare head bust left, ‘RT. HONBLE WILLIAM PITT MANCHESTER PITT CLUB 1813’. Reverse, an allegory of pitt arousing the Genius of Great Britain to resist the demons of anarchy who have risen to overthrow Religion and Royalty, ‘HIMSELF A HOST’, contained within glass lunettes and integral loop for suspension. Minor marks otherwise extremely fine. In period red morocco circular hinged cased

The Right Hon. William Pitt (1759-, Prime Minister of England, under George III
Pitt's career was brief and tragic. When quite a youth he rose to eminence. At the age of thirteen he composed a tragedy; at fourteen he matriculated at Cambridge, and became an orator at twenty-one. At twenty-three he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, and at twenty-four Premier, and when he died, at the early age of forty-seven, he was proclaimed the " saviour of Europe."

Pitt Clubs were formed throughout Great Britain to honour the memory of ‘the wisest and most virtuous Statesman that ever appeared in any country’. The followers of Pitt formed a distinct school of political thought. It was opposed to anarchy, and hoped ‘to rouse the genius of the British Isles,’ in the cause advocated by Pitt. Clubs met annually on May 28th, in order to celebrate the anniversary of Pitt's birthday.