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Warren Hastings

1 of 689 portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Warren Hastings, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1786 -NPG 3823 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Warren Hastings

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
12 1/2 in. x 10 1/2 in. (318 mm x 267 mm) oval
NPG 3823

Inscriptionback to top

Originally inscribed verso in the artist’s hand: Be pleas’d to keep/this from the damp & from/the Sun TLawrence Pinxt/1786 (this sheet is now separately preserved).

This portraitback to top

Drawn at Bath, where the young Lawrence was living 1780-87, and sold in 1853 as a companion piece to Lawrence’s portrait of Sir Elijah Impey, NPG 821.

Referenceback to top

Garlick 1964
K. Garlick, ‘A Catalogue of the paintings, drawings and pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence’, Wal. Soc., XXXIX, 1964.

Knapp 1951
Sir Arthur Knapp, A Catalogue of the known Portraits of Warren Hastings, [1951] type-script NPG [a revision of his catalogue in A. M. Davies, Warren Hasings, 1935, p 2, no.2.

Physical descriptionback to top

White powdered hair, white cravat and waistcoat, reddish-brown coat.

Provenanceback to top

Descended from the sitter; Daylesford House sale, Farebrother, Clark & Lye, 22-27 August 1853, lot 820, bought Sir Thomas Phillips;1 by descent to his grandson T. F. Fenwick (d. 1938);2 bought in Cheltenham 1952 by Mrs F. Dodgson Wilkinson, from whom purchased 1952.

1 A printed label and an ink inscription verso identify this purchase.
2 A MS label verso reads: On no account is the paper on the back of this picture to be removed/T. F. Fenwick.

Exhibitionsback to top

'Earls Court 1895, lent by an art dealer'.1

1 Sir Arthur Knapp, A Catalogue of the known Portraits of Warren Hastings, 1951, p 17.

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