Sir George Savile Bar.t
Publish'd according to Act of Parliament Dec.r the 4.th 1770.
Etching and engraving. 494 x 336mm. 19½ x 13¼". Trimmed.
Sir George Savile, 8th Baronet (1726-1784) was an English politician; seated here with plans marked 'The Calder Navigation', Halifax. This is a reference to his 'Letter of Sir George Savile, Bart. on an attempt made to interfere with the Aire and Calder Navigation in the year 1772'. He entered the House of Commons for Yorkshire in 1759 and was a liberal. He backed moves to relieve the restriction on Roman Catholics and Protestant dissenters. He also defended the action of the American colonists. After Benjamin Wilson (1721-88), painter and electrical scientist. A related painting of Savile by Wilson from 1751 is in Temple Newsam House, Leeds.
Included in the Science & Society Picture Library, Science Museum. Leeds portrait repr.in Andrew Graciano (ed.) 'Memoir of Benjamin Wilson, FRS' (Walpole Society, 2012)
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