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William Pitt, First Earl of Chatham (1708-1778), Statesman and Prime Minister

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William Pitt, First Earl of Chatham (1708-1778), Statesman and Prime Minister


Wilton, Joseph (sculptor) [ULAN info: British sculptor, 1722-1803]






Bust. White marble. The sitter is turned to the front, facing and looking a little left. He is bare-headed with his hair curling and lying low on the nape of the neck. He is clean shaven, he has a bare throat, and his shoulders and bust are covered by drapery.

Production Place

England (sculptor) (country)

Technique Description

white marble


height: (bust): 25.0 in
height: (plinth): 5 3/4 in


18th century


circa 1745 to 1778


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1937 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Collection of the Duke of Newcastle at Clumber Park. Sold in the Earl of Lincoln's Sale, Christie's catalogue, 19th October 1937, lot 344.

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. (1938) Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Twenty-ninth Annual Report, for the Year 1937, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 4]
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, p. 4, no. 3]
  2. (1989 - 90) Treasures from the Fitzwilliam: ''The Increase of Learning and other great Objects of that Noble Foundation'', Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 104]
    [comments: Publ. p. 104, cat. no. 103]
  3. Gunnis, Rupert (1953) Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, London
    [comments: Ref.]
  4. Christie's (1989) Important European Sculpture and Works of Art, 5th December 1989, London? [page: p. 107] 5th December 1989)
    [comments: Cf. Another, p. 107, lot 194 (Est. £20,000-30,000)]

Other Notes

Identified by Ellis Waterhouse, 9th August 1951. There is a bust at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, signed, named (William Pitt) and dated 1759. From the Roseberg Collection at Dalmeny in the 1890s, and afterwards at Epsom.

Accession Number

M.65-1937 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 30966; Input Date: 2001-06-25 / Last Edit: 2011-05-03)

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