Monday, August 27, 2012

George Romney's William Pitt the Younger

The above painting by "one of England’s defining portraitists and a direct ancestor of Mitt Romney’s" whose "purity, psychological depth, and unimpeachable fidelity to its subject remain fresh and engaging" is the topic of Joseph McKenzie — Romney’s Visual Treatise on Human and Political Virtue.

About the subject of the painting, the author writes:
    Pitt became prime minister at 24. He argued passionately against Britain’s wasteful war on the American colonies. As the engineer of the Acts of Union 1800, he attempted to procure Catholic emancipation, establishing himself as one of history’s finest champions of religious toleration.

    Mitt would do well to study Pitt, who was renowned for his administrative efficiency and his intolerance for radicals. Only during the war with France did Pitt raise taxes. He was appalled by the false doctrines of the French Revolution that continue in modern big-government politics.
The town I lived in was named after the subject's father, or to be more precise, named after a town named for his father, Pittsford, Vermont.

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