Francis Rawdon Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings and 2nd Earl of Moira (1754-1826) army officer and politician
Mezzotintpublished 1 May 1805
About the work
Place: Ministry of Defence, Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich
About the artist
Martin Archer Shee, portrait painter and writer, was born in Dublin, the son of a merchant. After studying in his native city in the early 1780s, he moved to London in 1788 and entered the Royal Academy schools in 1790. Ten years later he was made a Royal Academician. In 1830, Shee was elected President of the Royal Academy, succeeding Sir Thomas Lawrence, and was knighted in the same year. Shee died in Brighton at the age of 80.
George Clint was born in Holborn, London, the son of a hairdresser. He was educated in Yorkshire and worked as a fishmonger’s apprentice, in an attorney’s office and as a house painter, before eventually becoming a professional artist. Clint began his artistic career producing miniatures, but later learned mezzotint engraving from Edward Bell. Fellow engraver Samuel Reynolds advised him to take up watercolour portraiture. However, he is chiefly considered a painter of comical theatrical scenes today. His subjects of the 1820s were generally derived from short lived comedies and farce, while those of the1830s were frequently drawn from Shakespearian comedy. The Garrick Club in London have 16 of his paintings.