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bronze, City of Pittsburgh, Earl of Chatham, Great Britian, London, Battle of Grant's Hill, French and Indian War

Artwork Type

Permanent, Sculpture



William Pitt

1922


Sir William Reid Dick



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Owner City of Pittsburgh
ADA Services The sculpture is located inside of the City-County building on the first floor.

The bronze bust of Earl of Chatham William Pitt was gifted to the City of Pittsburgh by the City of London. Pitt, Pittsburgh's namesake, was a primary figure in the French and Indian War, claiming the City from the French in 1758. The bust was presented on the anniversary of the Battle of Grant's Hill to Pittsburgh's Mayor in 1922, William A. Magee, by former London Mayor Sir Charles Wakefield.

According to the Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine of January 1923, at the ceremony, the President of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania opened with these remarks:
"But this bust of the foremost English advocate of freedom and constitutional rights will not stand here alone as an edivence that we remember and revere the memory of William Pitt. It can truly be said, 'If you seek his monument look around.' George Bancroft, the historian, wrote, 'Pittsburgh is the most enduring monumnet of William Pitt. As long as the Monogahela and the Allegheny shall flow to form the Ohio, as long as the English tongue shall be the language of freedom in the boudless valley which their waters traverse, his name shall stand inscribed on the Gateway of the West.'"

Sir William Reid Dick (1879-1961) was a sculptor from Scotland.