Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt(1740-1810), Merchant banker
Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Baring was one of the most powerful businessmen of the Regency period and celebrated as the 'first merchant in Europe'. He established the London trading house Barings in 1762 and soon became an important government financial adviser and a key financier of the nation's war effort. He was an MP from 1784 and was honoured with a baronetcy 1793. As Director of the East India Company from 1779 to 1806 he opposed attempts by the government to exert greater political control over the company: 'India is not a colony and God forbid that it ever should be.'
by James Ward, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
by Edward McInnes, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1842 (1806-1807)
- Elizabeth Dunning (née Baring), Lady Ashburton (sister)
- Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton (son)
- (William) Bingham Baring, 2nd Baron Ashburton (grandson)
- Charles Thomas Baring (grandson)
- Lady Harriet Baring (née Herring) (wife)
- Henry Bingham Baring (grandson)
- John Baring (brother)
- Thomas Baring (grandson)
- Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer (grandson)
- Lydia Sophia (née Story), Viscountess Dillon (granddaughter)
- Francis Thornhill Baring, 1st Baron Northbrook (grandson)
- Edward Charles Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke (grandson)
- Charlotte Rosa Shafto (née Baring) (granddaughter)
- Lydia Storey (daughter)
- Cecilia Annetta (née Baring), Lady Suffield (granddaughter)
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