4 of 46 portraits of 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
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Sitterback to top
- Warren Hastings (1732-1818), Governor-General of India. Sitter associated with 46 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 96 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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)
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 241
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 287
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 77
Events of 1787back to top
Current affairsSocial reformers Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in London with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.George III shows first signs of mental instability in November.
Art and sciencePainter Robert Barker takes out a patent on the Panorama..Astronomer William Herschel discovers the two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon. The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match.
InternationalCaptain William Bligh sets sail for Tahiti on The Bounty.First performance of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at the National Theatre, Prague.A British ship lands a party of freed slaves as the first modern settlers in Sierra Leone.Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.Bahamas become a British colony.
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On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery