A large engraving of William Pitt by John Keyes Sherwin after Gainsborough, 1789


Pitt is shown half length with document on a desk. The engraving has been cut down within the plate marks and the legend at the bottom is rather damaged but still readable.The engraved portrait is in good condition and has long ago been mounted on a strengthening sheet of paper. Sherwin was a well regarded follower of the more famous Bartolozzi. The portrait was engraved in the year of the French Revolution. Pitt’s India Bills of 1784 established the complicated rule of India by Crown and Company which was to endure until the Mutiny of 1857. 13 x 15ins image size, not including the legend beneath the portrait.

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