The Anderson Collection


Henry Raeburn

Receipt from Henry Raeburn of David Anderson

22 July 1797


Paper receipt


"Edin. 22 July 1797.  Received from David Anderson Esq. the sum of thirty guineas for his own portrait.
Henry Raeburn"

David Anderson was referred to as "My favourite Diplomat" by Warren Hastings.  DA and WH became close friends and agreed to commission portraits that they would then exchange.  David Anderson commissioned Henry Raeburn and Warren Hastings was going to commission Joshua Reynolds - this was seen as the great painting competition by the master and his student; unfortunately Reynolds was unable to paint the portrait for Hastings as his sight had deteriorated and he had in fact died before the paintings were finished.  Lemual Francis Abbot was eventually found and commissioned to paint the Hastings portrait; Hastings was so pleased with the results that he had several others produced from further sittings and also by other artists.  The primary painting is still in the Anderson Collection and the National Portrait Gallery in London own the copy that belonged to Mrs Warren Hastings.

The painting of Anderson by Raeburn was returned to the Anderson family after the death of Hastings but was unfortunately sold around 1910 and is now in the possession of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, USA.  We would have loved to reunite the portrait with the Hastings portrait, letter and receipt in the collection but this is not possible - we will have to make do with our copy.