Key Plate to Mr. F.C. Lewis's Picture now Engraving / The Installation of His Highness the Nabob of the Carnatic at Madras1. His Highness the Nabob of the Carnatic / 2. The Honourable Sir Edward Gambier, Chief Justice [...]
Very scarce lithograph backed onto linen, varnished; sheet 435 x 555mm (17 x 21¾").
Keyplate made to accompany the engraving of the painting by Frederick Christian Lewis junior's (1813-75) of the installation of the nawab of the Carnatic, Ghulam Muhammad Ghaus Khan, at Chenauk Palace by Lord Elphinstone on 25 August 1842. The huge (6ft x 7½ft) painting, now in the Fort Museum in Madras, included between sixty and seventy portraits and took Lewis eighteen months to complete. The principal Indians and English are seated to left and right of the nawab, seated on the Musnud, and among the high ranking officials depicted, from all departments of the colonial administration, are Lord Elphinstone, Governor of Madras, General Sir Robert Clark, Commander-in-Chief, Sir Edward Gambier, Chief Justice, members of the judicial bench, the Board of Revenue, gentleman agents and residents, and local Indian princes and potentates. The keyplate notes some figures are not identified by name and that they were members of the Nabob retinue and Durbar. Lewis (often called 'Indian Lewis' to distinguish him from his artist father and brother), was one of the foremost British artists working in Asia in the ninenteenth century.
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd
[Ref: 37227] £490.00