John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). The Death of the Earl of Chatham. 1779-1781. Oil on canvas, 228.6 x 307.3 cm. National Portrait Gallery (on lean from Tate), London (Inv. NPG L146).
The Duke of Richmond having spoken in answer to some parts of Lord Chatham’s speech, his lordship attempted to rise, to reply to his Grace; but after two or three unsuccessful efforts to stand, he fainted and fell down on his seat. The Duke of Cumberland, lord Temple, Lord Stamford, and the other Lords near him, caught him in their arms. The House was immediately cleared, and the windows were opened. […] This unhappy circumstance proved the melancholy prelude of his death.
- Anecdotes of the life of the Right Hon. William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. Vol. II. 1810.