The Right Honble. Lord Grenville.
London Publish'd as the Act directs by J. Fittler No 62. Upper Charlotte Street Fitzroy Square March. 1812.
Large engraving, title in open letters, 530 x 395mm. 20¾ x 15½".
Portrait of William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville (1759 - 1834), Prime Minister, standing to the left. Grey hair, long lace cravat and ruffles, heavy black brocaded silk Chancellor's robe with gold lace trimming on collar, facings and sleeves, over black velvet clothes; his right hand clasps an upright brass bound volume standing on a table to left, on which are also a bundle of papers tied up with tape. Curtain behind to right, to left, a view of Christ Church seen through window. Grenville, William Pitt's first cousin, served as Speaker of the House of Commons (1789) and Foreign Secretary (1791-1801). The protégé and loyal follower of his cousin, Grenville was angered by Pitt's failure to oppose Addington and broke with him to join Fox and Grey in opposition. It was as head of the 'Ministry of All the Talents' coalition government, following Pitt's death, that Grenville was Prime Minister from 1806 to 1807. A reluctant leader, he resigned over George III's refusal to agree to Catholic emancipation; his administration nevertheless saw the abolition of British participation in the slave trade.
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