A Gentleman believed to be The Rt. Hon Thomas Grenville
A Gentleman believed to be The Rt. Hon Thomas Grenville

MARY ANNE KNIGHT (1776-1851)

A Gentleman believed to be The Rt. Hon Thomas Grenville

1807 United Kingdom

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Thomas wears brown coat, white waistcoat and red vest
set in the original gold frame, the reverse with gold monogram TG on plaited hair within gold mount and blue glass border

Grenville was the second son of Prime Minister George Grenville and Elizabeth daughter of Sir William Wyndham. In 1778, he was commissioned ensign in the Coldstream Guards and in 1779 promoted a lieutenant in the 80th Regiment of Foot, but resigned his commission in 1780. He was, with one interval, a member of parliament from 1780 to 1810, (during which time this portrait was executed) and for a few months during 1806 and 1807 President of the Board of Control (1806) and then First Lord of the Admiralty (1806–1807). In 1798, he was sworn of the Privy Council.
He began collecting books from at least his early twenties, and by his death had amassed 20,240 volumes containing 16,000 titles. He bequeathed the collection to the British Museum.

Mary Anne Knight (1776-1851) trained with Andrew Plimer, whose work she copied. Plimer married her sister. In Mary's fee book there is an entry 1807, No. 194 which states 5 5,0 was given for a Copy of T. Grenville
minor scratch at 4 o'clock
Height 3.00 inch (7.62 cm)
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watercolour on ivory
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