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'The impeachment' (Warren Hastings; Edmund Burke)

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'The impeachment' (Warren Hastings; Edmund Burke), by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell, published 17 March 1786 - NPG D9569 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'The impeachment' (Warren Hastings; Edmund Burke)

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 17 March 1786
12 in. x 8 7/8 in. (304 mm x 227 mm) plate size; 12 3/4 in. x 9 5/8 in. (325 mm x 246 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1905
Reference Collection
NPG D9569

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  • Edmund Burke (1729 or 1730-1797), Statesman. Sitter associated with 103 portraits.
  • Warren Hastings (1732-1818), Governor-General of India. Sitter associated with 46 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Thomas Cornell (active 1780-1792). Artist associated with 59 portraits.
  • James Sayers (1748-1823), Artist. Artist associated with 191 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

Philosopher and politician Edmund Burke instigates impeachment proceedings against Warren Hastings, former Governor-General of Bengal after concerns about the moral standards of the British in India are raised. Prime Minister William Pitt appoints commissioners for the reduction of the national debt and establishes a sinking fund of £1 million a year. Government approves the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay.

Art and science

Robert Burns publishes Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect bringing him immediate success across the country. Engraver and publisher John Boydell initiates plans for his Shakespeare Gallery in an effort to establish a school of British history painting. Merchant David Dale establishes New Lanark in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, as a model cotton milling community.


General Charles Cornwallis succeeds Warren Hastings as Governor-General in India. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Marriage of Figaro premieres in Vienna. Francisco Goya is appointed court painter to the Spanish king Charles III.

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