The sitter was the second son of George, 4th Earl of Huntingdon. He married Dorothy (d.1638), second daughter and co-heiress of Sir Francis Willoughby, the builder of Wollaton, Nottinghamshire, and through her acquired Woodlands Park, near Horton, Dorsetshire, together with other remains of the old estate of Filiols, where he lived. An eccentric sportsman, he always dressed in green and kept all manner of hounds and hawks, devoting much of his time to hunting. This portrait is a version of the type of which the original was recorded in the collection of the Earl of Shaftesbury. The Shaftesbury portrait is inscribed with an account of Hastings' life written by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, who lived near Woodlands, and was engraved by J. Bretherton on 3 June 1782.