William Pitt

Thomas Gainsborough, 1787 after

WAG 976

About this object

This drawing was copied after one of Thomas Gainsborough's (1727 - 1788) many portraits of William Pitt the Younger (1759 - 1806). The first version was painted by Gainsborough in 1787. Pitt became the youngest Prime Minister ever of the United Kingdom in 1783 when he was just 24. He left office in 1801, then became Prime Minister again from 1804 until his death in 1806.

This drawing is believed to be a copy of the Gainsborough portrait of Pitt in the Paul Mellon collection, housed at the Yale Centre for British Art in the United States (acc. number B1981.25.300).

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Copied after Thomas Gainsborough (British: English, born:14 May 1727, died:02 August 1788)
  • Date
    1787 after
  • Materials
    Paper; Chalk (Black)
  • Measurements
    paper: 33.8 cm x 28.1 cm
  • Physical description
    Head and shoulder portrait of a young gentleman turned slightly to his right looking directly at the viewer. He wears a wig and high collar.
  • Related people
    Thomas Gainsborough (Artist/maker); A V Morris (Previous owner); Huson Morris (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 976
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by A V Morris in 1941
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Explore related

Publications

  • Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery

    Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens

    Author: Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens
    Publisher: Liverpool Letterpress Limited, Member of the Steel House Press
    Date: 1968
    Description: Catalogue of Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery collection

Ownership

Previous owners

  • A V Morris

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1941
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery in 1941
  • Huson Morris

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: An unidentified monogram
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Upper right
  • Inscription text: Portrait of William Pitt / original drawing from Life / by Gainsborough.
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: Property of Huson Morris Esq. (MS label) No. 36 (in pencil).
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: John Hayts (16.3.64) inspected drawing and felt it to be probably by an amatuer after one of the Gainsborough oil portraits of Pitt of Melton(?) portrait
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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