Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt

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Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt, by Charles Muss, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1823 - NPG 1256 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt

by Charles Muss, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
enamel on bombé copper panel, 1823
12 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (312 mm x 236 mm)
Given by the sitter's great-grandson, Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook, 1900
Primary Collection
NPG 1256

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  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 684 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
  • Charles Muss (1779-1824). Artist associated with 2 portraits.

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Charles Muss made enamel copies of several paintings in Sir Francis Baring's collection. This panel comes from a triple portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence showing Baring with his senior business partners John Baring and Charles Wall. Sir Francis is seen receiving correspondence from the Dutch merchants Hope & Co. He cups his ear to allude to his partial deafness.

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Current affairs

Gaols Act is passed to build new prisons, raise standards in old ones and institute regular inspections. It is prompted by the vigorous campaigning of reformers such as Elizabeth Fry, leader of the Ladies Association for the Improvement of Female Prisoners in Newgate Prison. Anti-Slavery Committee is founded in London.

Art and science

Architect, Robert Smirke begins construction of the British Museum. Thomas Wakley founds The Lancet, the first weekly medical journal and important mouthpiece of medical reform. Charles Babbage begins work on the first calculating machine. Charles Macintosh invents waterproof fabric.


Catholic Association is founded by Daniel O'Connell in Ireland in an attempt to mobilise and politicise the entire Irish Catholic population in a systematic challenge to the ruling Protestant ascendancy. War breaks out between France and Spain. English missionary John Smith died in prison having been sentenced to be hanged for failing to take up arms against slaves in Demerara.

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