[Monument to William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham, in Westminster Abbey.]Lord Chatham is represented holding the Cap of Liberty...
Publish'd as the Act directs Nov. 12, 1779.
Engraving printed in brown ink, 350 x 230mm. 13¾ x 9". A fine impression with margins, foxing.
The figure of the Earl of Chatham (1708 - 1778), Whig statesman and Prime Minister of Britain from 1766 until 1768, standing dressed in classical drapery, holding pike with Phrygian cap, surrounded by the three female allegories of Britannia (with lion), Commerce and the City. Three putti on left represent the four parts of the world. Lettered with eight lines of explanatory text to pedestal below. John Bacon the Elder (1740 - 1799), was a sculptor responsible for some important monuments, and a variety of statues in London and elsewhere. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1770, and full Academician in 1777, and it was from around this time that he began to win major commissions for sculptural works, including in 1779 this monument to Chatham in Westminster Abbey.
De Vesme 777.
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