5 of 46 portraits of Warren Hastings
by Thomas Banks
bronze bust, 1794, based on a work of 1790
27 1/2 in. (699 mm) high
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Sitterback to top
- Warren Hastings (1732-1818), Governor-General of India. Sitter associated with 46 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Thomas Banks (1735-1805), Sculptor. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Banks described Hastings's features and 'grand' forehead as 'the finest he had seen in modern heads'. This bust was eventually carved in marble, but Banks cast a number of bronzes from a terracotta model.
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
Events of 1790back to top
Current affairsAttempts to modify the Test and Corporation Acts are defeated, despite campaigning by dissenters such as the prominent Unitarian preacher and pamphleteer, Richard Price. The Acts prevented those outside the established church from holding government or military office.
Art and scienceJoseph Mallord William Turner exhibits his first painting at the Royal Academy; a watercolour of The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth.
The Firth to Clyde and Oxford to Birmingham canals are begun.