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Sir Philip Francis

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Sir Philip Francis, by James Lonsdale, circa 1806-1810 - NPG 334 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Philip Francis

by James Lonsdale
oil on canvas, circa 1806-1810
29 1/2 in. x 24 in. (749 mm x 610 mm)
Purchased, 1871
Primary Collection
NPG 334

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  • James Lonsdale (1777-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 106 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Sir Phillip Francis is best known as the likely author of the Letters of Junius (1769-72), an anonymous series of brilliant political polemics which were one of the literary sensations of the late eighteenth century. Having filled a number of government posts in England and become a well-known scourge of corruption in the British administration, he went to India in 1774 as a member of the Supreme Council of India. He was soon disgusted by the dishonesty that seemed to characterise the Indian governing class and became one of Governor-General Warren Hastings's most bitter opponents. He left India in 1780 and proceeded to assist Edmund Burke in procuring Hasting's impeachment and trial of 1788-95.

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