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Warren Hastings after J.J. Masquerier

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Warren Hastings (1732-1818), Governor-General of India.

Stipple engraving by Samuel Freeman after the original portrait by John James Masquerier. Published by T.Cadell & W.Davies, Strand, London, November 1815. 

Within a late 19th century ebonized print frame with a silvered slip.

o.s: 14 in x 18 in

A fine image of this man who transformed the East India Company from merchant to military……..and navy. He established British civil administration in India and was the first Governor-General, from between 1772 and 1785. Jointly with Robert Clive, the two men are credited with laying the foundation of the British Empire. Throughout his career Hastings had made many enemies, within the company and the political establishment. In 1785 he resigned his position and returned to England to be promptly impeached for crimes and corruption in India. After an exceedingly long trial, Hastings was finally acquitted in 1795, received compensation from the Company to the tune of £4000 per annum, and bought an estate at Daylesford in Gloucestershire. His trial was said to have cost him personally £70,000 and was seen by many to have been an injustice.



Item Code: 4876

£ 275

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