Sir Philip Francis(1740-1818), Whig politician and pamphleteer
Sitter in 16 portraits
Politician; he is believed to have been the author of the anonymous 'Junius' letters, which attacked the government and the political influence of George III. Sent to Calcutta in 1774 as an adviser, he came into conflict with Warren Hastings, accusing him of corruption. Their rivalry ended in a duel which left Francis wounded.
by James Sayers
etching, published February 1788
by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching, circa February 1788
by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 4 June 1788
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