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Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings (1754-1826), Army officer and Politician, Governor-General of India

Sitter in 44 portraits
An Irish army officer and politician, Hastings was widely commended for his bravery during the American War of Independence (1775-83). On his return to Ireland in 1781, he was captured by the French army but was soon after released in Paris in a prisoner exchange. After returning to Britain, Hastings became the close friend of the Prince Regent and a supporter of Irish Catholic relief. In 1812, he was appointed governor-general of India but resigned nine years later due to his implication in a financial scandal.

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'An old English-gentleman pester'd by servants wanting places'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 16 May 1809
NPG D12922


Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings

by Charles Turner, after James Ramsay
mezzotint, published 1811
NPG D35569


Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings

by George Sanders, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, mid 19th century (circa 1784)
NPG D2964


Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings

by Robert Bowyer Parkes, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1863 (1789-1790)
NPG D2965



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