Pitt was educated at Winchester College, leaving in 1719 to study at New College, Oxford. He was also Rector of Pimperne, near Blandford Forum in Dorsetshire, a post given him by a relation, George Pitt. He held it for the rest of his life.
Pitt's translations of the Aeneid and Vida's Art of Poetry established his name, while his Imitations of Horace has been compared to that by Alexander Pope. In 1727 his Miscellaneous Poems were published.
Pitt died in 1748. On his tombstone at Blandford Forum is the inscription:
In memory of
CHR. PITT, Clerk, M. A.
Very eminent for his talents in poetry,
and yet more
for the universal candor of
his mind, and the primitive
simplicity of his manners.
He lived innocent,
and died beloved
Apr. 13. 1748.
- Christopher Pitt (1699-1748), Poet and translator
- Christopher Pitt Quotes and Quotations compiled by GIGA
- Chahoud, Anna. "Pitt, Christopher". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/22327. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- The poetical works of Christ. Pitt: of Christ. Pitt. With the life of the author. By Christopher Pitt. Contributor Martins googlebooks, pages v and vi.
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- Portraits of Christopher Pitt at the National Portrait Gallery, London
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