8 of 47 portraits of Warren Hastings
- Extended catalogue entry
Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
35 1/2 in. x 27 1/2 in. (902 mm x 699 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Inscribed on the left chair arm: Warren Hastings/Aged 79.
This portraitback to top
Although Hastings was rather small and at the time of this portrait ‘his life was in the sere,’ Lawrence ‘often spoke in admiration of the severity of dignity and grandeur in his appearance’; his expression used to be, ‘What a fine lion-like repose there is about him!’  A modern copy by W. B. Morris is in the Oriental Club, London.
Footnotesback to top
Referenceback to top
K. Garlick, Lawrence, 1954, p 42.
K. Garlick, ‘A Catalogue of the paintings, drawings and pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence’, Wal. Soc., XXXIX, 1964, p 104.
K. Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence: a complete catalogue of the oil paintings, 1989, no.397.
Sir Arthur Knapp, A Catalogue of the known Portraits of Warren Hastings,  type-script NPG [a revision of his catalogue in A. M. Davies, Warren Hasings, 1935, p 13, no.36].
Physical descriptionback to top
Blue eyes, white hair, wearing a black suit; a red drape behind him.
Provenanceback to top
Painted for the sitter’s step-daughter, Mrs Marian Barton;1 by descent to J. P. Fearon (d. 1873); Francis Fearon, from whom purchased 1874.
1 Née Brisco; previously mistakenly described as the wife of Hastings’s aide-de-camp (S. C. Grier, Letters of Warren Hastings to his Wife, 1905, p 403n2).
Exhibitionsback to top
RA 1811 (194); Art Treasures, Manchester, 1857 (BPG 291, as Reynolds); Second special exhibition of National Portraits (William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867 (850) lent J. P. Fearon;1 British Paintings, Roumania and Hungary, 1972-73; Indian Summer, Cheltenham, 1985; Pickpocketing the Rich, Bath (Holburne), 2002 (55).
Reproductionsback to top
W. Say 1813.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.