The Right Honourable Rich. Grenville Temple Earl Temple, Viscount and Baron Cobham, One of His Majesty's most Hon.ble Privy Council, & Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer, Printseller near Serjeants Inn, Fleet Street. [n.d. c.1760.]
Mezzotint with small margins, paper watermarked. Plate 350 x 249mm. 13¾ x 9¾".
Portrait seated three-quarter length to right at table with plan of building, eyes to front, wearing plain coat with frilled shirt and short wig, curtain behind at right; before sash, star and garter added, and inscription erased and replaced. Richard Grenville Temple, Earl Temple (1711-1779), statesman. Grenville-Temple entered Parliament as an MP in 1734. In 1754, his sister Hester married William Pitt, and from that time, Temple's career was linked with that of his brother-in-law. He was made First Lord of the Admiralty in 1756, and was appointed Lord Privy Seal the following year. He was disliked by King George II, who dismissed both him and Pitt from office in April 1757. By 1765, the friendship between the brothers-in-law was dissolving; and when in 1766 Pitt consented to form a government, Temple refused to join. Although he had been offered the head of the Treasury, he was offended that he would not share with Pitt the ability to nominate to other offices. He soon after retired from public life.
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