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A Catalogue of All Known Portraits, Busts, Engravings from Portraits, etc. of William Pitt, 1886

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists primarily of material of George Pretyman related to William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) and others. Included are over 100 pp. of memoranda (one on the resignation of Pitt) and drafts of Parliamentary speeches, with occasional annotations in Pitt's hand; Pretyman's untitled political essay "for Mr. Pitt's perusal"; preface to Pretyman's Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honorable William Pitt (1821); three letters (1806-1809) addressed to Pretyman as Bishop of Lincoln; and a small leather record book concerning single and double votes (by college) for Pitt at the University of Cambridge in the 1784 general election. In addition, there are approximately 50 pp. of financial documents and notes (ca. 1741-1802) regarding subsidies granted by Parliament to foreign governments, including the Queen of Hungary (Mária Terézia), the King of Sardinia, and the Elector of Bavaria, and the payment of a pension for Duchess Elisabeth Sophia Maria of Brunswick; and documents (1791-1805) relating to British politician John Eliot (1761-1823) and his niece. A recent addition is a printed copy of A Catalogue of All Known Portraits, Busts, Engravings from Portraits, &c., of William Pitt (1886) by George Scharf, inscribed by Edward Stanhope to Ernest G. Pretyman. Many of the portraits described in it are identified as being in the collection of Stanhope (1840-1893), a British Conservative Party politician.

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The collection is open for research.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

A Catalogue of All Known Portraits, Busts, Engravings from Portraits, etc. of William Pitt; George Pretyman Collection, C1383, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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