No. 24 East India Company


East India Company (scroll down for a more detailed Description)

The first reprints of the 1798 aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson (published by Rudolph Ackermann) published in 1972 by Hugh Evelyn Limited. 
Image size is 20.5 x 25.5 cm [8” x 10”] against a light greyish orange background (c. RGB fcf2e1) impressed on medium high white matt cartridge paper of c. 120 g/m2.
Print size: c. 26.2 x 33.7 cm [17” x 12 ¾”] may vary slightly from printers’ cut 50 years ago
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“East India House,” by Thomas Malton the Younger (1748-1804), watercolour over etched outline. 8 1/2 in. x 11 15/16 in. (21.6 cm x 30.3 cm). Courtesy of the Paul Mellon Collection, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. [Downloaded from Wikipedia]

The East India Company was an English joint-stock company founded in 1600  formed to trade in the Indian Ocean region. The company seized control of large parts of the Indian subcontinent, colonised parts of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong after the First Opium War, and maintained trading posts and colonies in the Persian Gulf Residencies. It was headquartered in a large imposing building in Leadenhall Street in the heart of the City of London (see image attached). The company rose to account for half of the world’s trade during the mid-1700’s and early 1800’s, particularly in basic commodities including cotton, silk, indigo dye, sugar, salt, spices, saltpetre, tea, and opium. The company eventually came to rule large areas of India, exercising military power and assuming administrative functions.   There were both London based employees and retirees from India and the other outposts of the Company who had returned to England who provided the manpower for this Volunteer Association. Given that the Company had its own Army and Navy there would have been no shortage of suitable trained soldiers to join the ranks of the Volunteers.

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 25.5 × 32.5 cm