© National Portrait Gallery, London
Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings ('A man of importance')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 16 May 1799
14 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (364 mm x 263 mm) paper size
- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Hannah Humphrey (active 1778-1822), Publisher and printseller. Artist associated with 718 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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