- Museum number
Figure; porcelain; William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham; right arm resting on inscribed pedestal; beside him kneels a Native American woman, at his feet are a large lizard, club, lion-skin and books; moulded scroll base; painted in colours and gilt.
- Production date
- 1766 (circa)
Height: 13.10 inches
- Curator's comments
In 1766, the statesman William Pitt, later 1st Earl of Chatham (1708-1778), supported America in the repeal of the Stamp Act of 1765, because the new tax was forced on the colonies without their consent.
Sir Timothy Clifford has suggested that this group was adapted from William Scheemakers' celebrated statue of Shakespeare in Westminster Abbey, as Pitt wears the similar Van Dyke costume, shares the same stance and plinth. His features may have been based on a circular engraved portrait by S.F. Ravenet, dated 1757 (P&D 1874,1010.219). Clifford has suggested the orignal was modelled by Nathaniel Smith (c.1741/3 -c.1800). The same group but on a simpler base is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, dated c. 1767-9. (414:202-1995).
Clifford, Timothy. Derby Porcelain and the British Monumental Sculpture Tradition 1760-1775. Derby Porcelain International Society. 2004, Journal 5. pp. 124-127.
- On display (G46/dc18)
- Exhibition history
1999 18 Nov-2000 4 Mar, USA, Washington DC, Library of Congress, John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number