A FINE STIPPLE ENGRAVING OF WILLIAM PITT

ID: 22618
£275.00
An independent tribute to the memory of The Right Hon. William Pitt.

BROADSIDE, FITZGERALD, William, Thomas,, An independent tribute to the memory of The Right Hon. William Pitt. By W.T. Fitzgerald, Esq. January 25, 1806. London: printed by J. Nichols, and published by Edward Orme. [1806].

broadside (49 x 34 cms.) with a fine oval stipple engraved half-length portrait of Pitt by James Godby after Edward Orme, above a 24-line verse eulogy, borders outside printed surface soiled with short edge tears, printed surface unaffected, central crease where previously folded, nonetheless a good copy with a fine impression of the portrait.

Ephemeral and rare.

The engraving by James Godby ("Godby sculp.") is notable for not being included in the long list of "likenesses" of Pitt in Pitt's entry in ODNB. Godby and Orme worked together on a number of projects, not least the eye-catching Essay on Transparent Prints and on Transparencies in General (1807). William Thomas Fitzgerald's verse eulogy in typical rhyming couplets is characteristically Fitzgerald, noble - enthusiastic, loyal and banal. "Scarce had the tear that dew'd our Nelson's hearse, Call'd forth the tribute of each patriot verse, When Pitt, in manhood's prime, resign'd his breath, And join'd the hero of his choice in death. Long had he stood the Atlas of the State, By men who lov'd him not - acknowledg'd great ........................... ........................... Though plac'd where strong temptations might allure, The Minister of England still was poor .......... Do justice, Britons, to his spotless mind, Who govern'd Kingdoms, left no wealth* behind!" * Probate was obtained by Pitt's executors in 1821, affording a surplus of some 7600, but this followed public provision of 40,000 to settle his debts. [Ref. J.P.W. Ehrman and Anthony Smith in ODNB].