On Friday, August 5th we will be having a FREE admission community day in honor of the unveiling of the reproduction William Pitt portrait. About 250 years ago the citizens of Westmoreland County received a portrait of William Pitt as a gift from London merchant Edmund Jenings. William Pitt was a staunch supporter of colonial rights and called for a repeal of the 1765 Stamp Act in a provocative speech to Parliament in 1766. When the portrait hung at Richard Henry Lee’s home Chantilly, a framed copy of William Pitt’s speech against the stamp act was displayed alongside it. A copy of the speech is currently on display at Stratford Hall.
The Pitt portrait hung in the Parlor of the Great House from 1794 to 1821 before being returned to the Westmoreland County Courthouse. The Parlor is currently being restored to reflect 1795, a time when the portrait resided at Stratford Hall. The William Pitt portrait installation is a key component of the Parlor restoration. The original portrait is currently on display at the Westmoreland County Museum in downtown Montross, Virginia.
The Great House will be open to visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Make sure to visit the toga station where you can dress up and have fun taking photos like Mr. Pitt! Use the hashtag #PoselikePitt to share your photos!
Afterwards head to downtown Montross to take part in their First Friday Art Walk, Market Day & Music Series! The market opens at noon with a wonderful selection of local produce, arts & crafts, food vendors, and much more. Enjoy wine and live music from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.!
For more information on the reproduction Pitt Portrait click here!