To Warren Hastings, Esq.r, This Portrait of his Friend Major Scott Waring,Is with Permission Dedicated by his obedient & obliged humble Servant J.J. Masquerier.
London, Published Feb. 27 1802, by C. Turner No. 56 Warren St. Fitzroy Sq.
Mezzotint, rare; platemark 355 x 255mm (14 x 10"). Trimmed to platemark left and right; good impression; collector's stamp of Chritstopher-Lennox Boyd verso. Slight crease on left.
John Scott-Waring (1747-1819), agent of Warren Hastings. Scott met Hastings through his rising position in the Bengal army, and with controversy over his role in India increasing, Hastings sent Scott to England to act as his agent and defend his reputation in 1781. To this end, Scott wrote numerous pamphlets and secured a seat in parliament, but proved to be neither a skilled political writer nor an accomplished parliamentarian. When Hastings was acquitted in 1795 despite Scott's inadequacy, the agent presented him with a bill for £21,840. After the trial ended, he largely retired from political affairs, publishing only occasional pamphlets on Indian affairs and reputedly gathering a circle of wits, actresses, politicans and princes at his home in Parsons's Green, London. After the 1801 portrait by Chelsea-born portrait painter John James Masquerier (1778-1855).
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; W 515 (only state).
[Ref: 35016] £160.00