The Tryal of Warren Hastings Esq. Before the Court of Peers in Westminster Hall
Engraver: Pollard, R.
The trial of Warren Hastings, first Governor General of India, was one of the great political events of its time. Hastings had governed British India since 1773 and set up the first bureaucracy to run Indian affairs. After Hasting's return to England, he was accused of corruption and a Parliamentary Enquiry was set up to to investigate. Starting in 1788, the trial was held in Westminster Hall as seen in this print. It lasted seven years and drew large audiences. In 1795 Hastings was eventually acquitted but at a cost - he was financially ruined.