The Right Hon.ble William Pulteney, Earl of Bath &c..Done from an Original Picture in the Possession of Lord Lyttelton.
To be had of J. Boydell in Cheapside. J. Spilsbury in Russel Court Covent Garden & G. Steidel in Maddox Street.
Copper engraving. Plate 338 x 235mm. 13¼ x 9¼". Half laid on album sheet. Horizontal crease through centre. Slight foxing and tear on left.
William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath (1684-1764), Statesman. Throughout the reign of Queen Anne (1702-14), Pulteney played a prominent part in the Whig struggle to regain power from the Tories. He became a Whig Member of Parliament in 1705 and held a number of government posts before falling out with Sir Robert Walpole, the Whig Prime Minister. From his opposition faction, Pulteney was in a position to take over the government on three occasions, but failed to do so. When Walpole fell from power in 1742, Pulteney declined two requests by George II to form a government, accepting instead the first Lordship of the Treasury in the 1st Earl of Wilmington's ministry (1742-3) and the earldom of Bath.
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