The Honourable Chalres Augustus Murray,H.B.M's agent and Consul General in Egypt &c &c.
London: Published July 1st 1853, by Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co., 13 & 14 Pall Mall East. Publishers to Her Majesty.
Proof mezzotint on india, Printsellers' Association blindstamp. 485 x 380mm, 19 x 15".
Sir Charles Augustus Murray (1806-95), travel writer and diplomat, pictured seated with young native servant. Murray travelled across Europe and America between 1835-8, spending several months with a Pawnee tribe in 1835, publishing the popular Travels in North America' (1839). This portrait shows him as consul-general in Cairo (1846-53), during which time he was befriended by the Ottoman Viceroy, Mehmet Ali Pasha. Less successful was his appointment as British ambassador to the Court of the Shah of Persia in 1854: rumours linked him with the sister of one the Shah's principal wives and, when she was taken into custody by her brother to defend her honour, Murray broke off diplomatic relations. The Anglo-Persian War broke out the following year, but Murray returned to be ambassador until 1859. He became a member of the Privy Council in 1875.
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