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Warren Hastings

4 of 46 portraits of Warren Hastings

Warren Hastings, by Richard Cosway, 1787 - NPG 6286 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Warren Hastings

by Richard Cosway
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1787
2 1/4 in. x 1 7/8 in. (57 mm x 48 mm) oval
Transferred from National Gallery, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG 6286

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

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  • Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 96 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.

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Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of India (1772-85) and largely responsible for transforming the East India Company from an organisation of armed traders into a full-scale civil administration, was a much -painted subject. There are portraits of him by Joshua Reynolds, Tilly Kettle, George Stubbs, Lemuel Francis Abbott, William Beechey and Thomas Lawrence. The portrait by Cosway was painted at the beginning of Hastings' impeachment, a seven-year trail which ended in acquittal, but broke his health. (Miniatures)

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