The Friendly Agent

The Friendly Agent

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Caption: The Friendly Agent, Hastings is being hanged on a gallows bearing the head of Burke. He is weighed down by bags of material wealth as his political agent, John Scott, pulls the rope tight. On the left George III and Queen Charlotte watch the proceedings. In the background Hastings' former adversary Nanda Kumar, who was tried and hanged during Hastings' time in office in India, shows him the way to the underworld. The ironic title of this print refers to Scott's ill-judged efforts to muster support for Hastings. Published in 1787. Illustrated by James Gillray.

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