George Lyttelton

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton (January 17, 1709 - August 22, 1773), known as Sir George Lyttelton, Baronet between 1751 and 1756, was a British politician and statesman and a patron of the arts. He was one of the politicians who opposed Robert Walpole as a member of the Tory party in the 1730s. After Walpole's fall, Lyttelton became Chancellor of the Exchequer (1756). He was a friend and supporter to Alexander Pope in the 1730s and to Henry Fielding in the 1750s. James Thomson addresses him throughout his poem The Seasons, and Lyttelton arranged a pension for Thomson.

He wrote Dialogues of the Dead in 1760 with Elizabeth Montagu, leader of the bluestockings, and The History of the Life of Henry the Second (17671771). The former work is part of a tradition of such dialogues. Henry Fielding dedicated Tom Jones to him.

George Lyttelton spent many years and a fortune developing Hagley Hall and its park which contains many follies. The hall itself, which is in north Worcestershire, was designed by Sanderson Miller and is the last of the great Palladian houses to be built in England.

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