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Warren Hastings

1 of 46 portraits of Warren Hastings

Warren Hastings, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1766-1768 - NPG 4445 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Warren Hastings

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1766-1768
49 3/4 in. x 39 3/4 in. (1264 mm x 1010 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1965
Primary Collection
NPG 4445


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  • Warren Hastings (1732-1818), Governor-General of India. Sitter associated with 46 portraits.

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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As Governor of India, Warren Hastings completed the transformation of the East India Company into a great military and naval power. An admirer of Indian culture, he co-operated where possible with native rulers but sometimes used methods more easily defended locally than in Whitehall. His impeachment for corruption in 1788 resulted in acquittal in 1795. He is seen in this magnificent portrait by Reynolds with a pile of papers, a pot of ink with a quill and a seal with Persian script. There was a vogue at this time amongst Englishmen for seals giving their name in Persian; this particular seal however has proved difficult to decipher. Acquired by H.M. Governent and allocated to the Gallery, 1965.

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