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Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore, replica by Sir Francis Grant, (1849) - NPG 437 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore

replica by Sir Francis Grant
oil on canvas, (1849)
50 1/8 in. x 40 in. (1273 mm x 1016 mm)
Given by Sir Francis Grant, 1876
Primary Collection
NPG 437


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  • Sir Francis Grant (1803-1878), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 101 portraits, Sitter associated with 22 portraits.

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Hardinge served in the Napoleonic wars during which he lost his left hand. He became a Tory MP (1820) and served as Secretary at War (1828-30 and 1841-4). He then served as Governor-General of India (1844-7), his tenure witnessing the first Sikh war, and was made a Field Marshal in 1855. This replica by Francis Grant of his 1849 portrait of Hardinge was given to the Gallery by the artist in 1876. Hardinge wears the star of the Bath and the sword which Napoleon wore at Waterloo, which was presented to him by the Duke of Wellington in 1816. The Indian landscape which forms the background recalls Hardinge's campaigns in that country. The frame was made by Henry Critchfield, the Gallery's framemaker, in a style reminiscent of the frames favoured by Sir Thomas Lawrence in the early years of the nineteenth century.

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  • NPG D35407: Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore (after)
  • NPG D35408: Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore (after)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Bayly, Christopher, The Raj: India and the British 1600-1947, 1990 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 19 October 1990 - 17 March 1991), p. 232
  • Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 212
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 280
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997)

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