Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt
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Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt
by Charles Muss, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
enamel on bombé copper panel, 1823
12 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (312 mm x 236 mm)
Given by the sitter's great-grandson, Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook, 1900
Sitterback to top
- Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt (1740-1810), Merchant banker. Sitter associated with 5 portraits.
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This portraitback to top
Charles Muss made enamel copies of several paintings in Sir Francis Baring's collection. This panel comes from a triple portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence showing Baring with his senior business partners John Baring and Charles Wall. Sir Francis is seen receiving correspondence from the Dutch merchants Hope & Co. He cups his ear to allude to his partial deafness.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 32
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 34
Events of 1823back to top
Current affairsGaols Act is passed to build new prisons, raise standards in old ones and institute regular inspections. It is prompted by the vigorous campaigning of reformers such as Elizabeth Fry, leader of the Ladies Association for the Improvement of Female Prisoners in Newgate Prison.
Anti-Slavery Committee is founded in London.
Art and scienceArchitect, Robert Smirke begins construction of the British Museum.
Thomas Wakley founds The Lancet, the first weekly medical journal and important mouthpiece of medical reform.
Charles Babbage begins work on the first calculating machine.
Charles Macintosh invents waterproof fabric.
InternationalCatholic Association is founded by Daniel O'Connell in Ireland in an attempt to mobilise and politicise the entire Irish Catholic population in a systematic challenge to the ruling Protestant ascendancy.
War breaks out between France and Spain.
English missionary John Smith died in prison having been sentenced to be hanged for failing to take up arms against slaves in Demerara.
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