'Society' Bijou Portraits. No 140. - The Rt. Hon. Lord Harris.
Supplement to 'Society,' September 5, 1885.
"Ink Photo", rare with large margins. Sheet 335 x 205mm (13¼ x 8"). Wear to edges.
George Robert Canning Harris (1851-1932), 4th Baron Harris, GCSI, GCIE. A keen cricketer, he played for Eton, Kent (for over 40 years) and Oxford University. He became the second-ever captain of the English cricket team, leading a tour of Australia in 1878-9 on which a test match at Melbourne was lost by ten wickets. In 1909 he played an important role in organising the Imperial Cricket Conference, which started with only three nations (England, Australia and South Africa) but expanded to include the West Indies, New Zealand and India under his guidance. His service as Governor of the Presidency of Bombay (1890-5) is not so highly regarded, as he was far more interested in sport than administration. When he left India in 1895, having virtually ignored famine, riots and sectarian unrest, a publisher circulated a collection of newspaper extracts from his time as governor. The introduction stated: 'Never during the last hundred years has a Governor of Bombay been so sternly criticised and never has he met with such widespread unpopularity on account of his administration as Lord Harris'.
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