Joseph Cotton Esq.r,Deputy Master of the Corporation of the Trinity House , and a Director of the East India Company &c. &c.
Published Jan.y 1st 1808 by Tho.s Merle No 36, Leadenhall Street.
Mezzotint. 480 x 355mm. Small tear in bottom margin.
Joseph Cotton (1745-1825). After passing his Lieutenant's exams in the Royal Navy, he joined the East India Company. East India Company. After only two voyages in command of the East Indiaman 'Queen Charlotte' he could afford to retire from the sea, living at Leyton in Essex for the rest of his life. In 1803 he became deputy-master of Trinity House, holding office for about twenty years. In 1807 he renegotiated the century-old lease for the lighthouse on the Eddystone rocks. Cotton was also a director of the East India Company (1795-1823), a director of the East India Docks Company (chairman in 1803), and a governor of the London Assurance Corporation.
Frankau 79. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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