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The Death of the Earl of Chatham is the title of a 1781 oil-on-canvas painting by Boston-born American artist John Singleton Copley. It depicts the collapse of William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham on 7 April 1778, during a debate in the House of Lords on the American War of Independence. Chatham is surrounded by peers of the realm, and the painting contains fifty-five portraits. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_the_Earl_of_Chatham
If you look closely to the man standing behind him on the left you can see the head and shoulders of William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland! The other peers around him are his children and son-in-law. ‎- Halil
Worth popping down to the National Gallery to have a gander at this, it's fascinating and morbid, note the Earl of Mansfield sitting in his chair looking blank, no love loss apparently! ‎- Halil
Is there an American group yet? ‎- Halil
It's interesting that Copley placed Pitt so far to the side of the canvas. I guess that's about where the rule of thirds lines would intersect, but Pitt still seems kind of minimized in his own death scene. ‎- John B.
It really draws your eye over there, though - since the whole mass of people are all looking that way. It almost makes the viewer one of the onlookers. ‎- Jennifer D.
Looks like he finally got some peace and quiet. (Or "a piece of quiet," as Dom would say.) ‎- Eivind