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The British East India Company was the first joint-stock corporation to be formed in England, and it eventually became one of the most powerful trading companies in the world, with a virtual monopoly on trade in India and the East Indies.

The East India Company or the British East India Company and informally as John Company was an English and later British joint-stock company, which was formed to pursue trade with the East Indies but ended up trading mainly with the Indian subcontinent and Qing China.

After the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, London merchants presented a petition to Queen Elizabeth I for permission to sail to the Indian Ocean. Permission was granted, and on 10 April 1591 three ships sailed from Torbay around the Cape of Good Hope to the Arabian Sea.

On 31 December 1600, the Queen granted a Royal Charter to "George, Earl of Cumberland, and 215 Knights, Aldermen, and Burgesses" under the name, Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading with the East Indies.
The governance of the company was in the hands of one governor and 24 directors or "committees", who made up the Court of Directors. They, in turn, reported to the Court of Proprietors, which appointed them. Ten committees reported to the Court of Directors. According to tradition, business was initially transacted at the Nags Head Inn, opposite St Botolph's church in Bishopsgate, before moving to India House in Leadenhall Street.

The company played a key role in the spread of British influence in India and the development of the British Empire. However, it also became involved in corruption and exploitation, and it was eventually dissolved in 1858, following the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
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A calm with an East Indiaman anchored in an estuary RMG PY8394

A calm with an East Indiaman anchored in an estuary RMG PY8394

A calm with an East Indiaman anchored in an estuary Although Swaine painted a few naval actions, his preference was for general shipping subjects, usually on a small scale. Between 1761 and 1783 he exhibited a ... More

A View of the Thames East-Indiaman. As she lay stranded near East Bourne in Feb 1822 RMG PW7707

A View of the Thames East-Indiaman. As she lay stranded near East Bour...

A View of the Thames East-Indiaman. As she lay stranded near East Bourne in Feb 1822 Stored in mount with PAF7706. A View of the Thames East-Indiaman. As she lay stranded near East Bourne in Feb 1822

An Outward bound East Indiaman sailing from the Downs - RMG PY8445

An Outward bound East Indiaman sailing from the Downs - RMG PY8445

An Outward bound East Indiaman sailing from the Downs... Print An Outward bound East Indiaman sailing from the Downs...

The Honble East-India Company's Steamer Burrampooter built at Messrs Kyds and Co Dock-yard (Kidderpore near Calcutta.) (Plan, 1830) RMG PU6676

The Honble East-India Company's Steamer Burrampooter built at Messrs K...

The Honble East-India Company's Steamer Burrampooter built at Messrs Kyds & Co Dock-yard (Kidderpore near Calcutta.) (Plan, 1830) Print. Shows a plan of vessel hull.

Portrait of Mirza Abu’l Hasan Khan by William Beechey, 1809. (Acc No F26)

Portrait of Mirza Abu’l Hasan Khan by William Beechey, 1809. (Acc No F...

Portrait of Mirza Abu’l Hasan Khan, Envoy Extraordinary from the King of Persia to the Court of King George III, by William Beechey, 1809. Commissioned by the East India Company in 1809 British Library: Acces... More

East India House by Thomas Shepherd c.1828.

East India House by Thomas Shepherd c.1828.

East India House Leadenhall Street, London, Drawing by Thomas Shepherd (1792 - 1864) Engraved by W. Tombleson c.1828. Deutsch: Hauptquartier der East India Company in London, an der Ecke von Leadenhall Street u... More

Aide-de-Camp to the Ambassador of Siam to Batavia WDL2911

Aide-de-Camp to the Ambassador of Siam to Batavia WDL2911

Русский: Юноша, изображенный на этой фотографии "carte-de-visite", был адъютантом посла Королевства Сиам в голландской колониальной столице Батавии (современная Джакарта). Королевство Сиам установило дипломати... More

The East India Company's ship Bridgewater successfully defending her cargo from an attack by the American privateer Hampden on her way from St. Helena to England on 8th March 1779 2012 CSK 07856 0031 022624

The East India Company's ship Bridgewater successfully defending her c...

The East India Company's ship Bridgewater successfully defending her cargo from an attack by the American privateer Hampden on her way from St. Helena to England on 8th March 1779 Bridgewater (1769 EIC ship) s... More

Mahratta pirates attacking the sloop 'Aurora', of the Bombay Marine, 1812; end of the action RMG BHC1085

Mahratta pirates attacking the sloop 'Aurora', of the Bombay Marine, 1...

Mahratta pirates attacking the sloop 'Aurora', of the Bombay Marine, 1812; end of the action (Updated, September 2014). In the early 19th century British ships were still vulnerable to surprise attacks by pira... More

Shipping in an Estuary RMG BHC0267

Shipping in an Estuary RMG BHC0267

Shipping in an Estuary A scene showing an estuary with shipping and land rising up on either side. The land on the far right includes white cliffs rising up towards fields and woods. Several church towers are ... More

Lion throne, Amarapura Palace - Public domain palace architecture drawing

Lion throne, Amarapura Palace - Public domain palace architecture draw...

Watercolour with pen and ink of an interior view of the audience chamber in the Palace at Amarapura looking towards the throne from 'A Series of Views in Burmah taken during Major Phayre’s Mission to the Court... More

Nonsuch (1781 ship) Copy

Nonsuch (1781 ship) Copy

The Calcutta-trade merchantman 'Nonsuch' in two positions off the Kingsgate Gap

Deptford Yard - A painting of boats in a harbor with a castle in the background

Deptford Yard - A painting of boats in a harbor with a castle in the b...

The East India Company's Yard and buildings near Deptford Creek. 17th Century, English school. BHC1873

Idgah and Tomb at Ryakotta

Idgah and Tomb at Ryakotta

This photograph of a view of the Idgah and tomb at Ryakotta, was taken by Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) in 1858 and published in an album entitled 'Photographic Views of Ryakotta and other places, in the Salem Di... More

David Lester Richardson retouched

David Lester Richardson retouched

Pen sketch of David Lester Richardson

The clipper ship era - an epitome of famous American and British clipper ships, their owners, builders, commanders, and crews 1843-1869 (1910) (14596015257)

The clipper ship era - an epitome of famous American and British clipp...

Identifier: clippershiperaep00clar (find matches) Title: The clipper ship era : an epitome of famous American and British clipper ships, their owners, builders, commanders, and crews 1843-1869 Year: 1910 (191... More

The Honourable East India Company's Ship Inglis - leaving St Helena, in July 1830 In Company with H.M. Frigate Ariadne and the H.C.Ships Windsor, Waterloo, Scaleby Castle, General Kidd, Farquharson and Lower Castle RMG PY8462

The Honourable East India Company's Ship Inglis - leaving St Helena, i...

The Honourable East India Company's Ship Inglis (1812)... leaving St Helena, in July 1830 In Company with H.M. Frigate Ariadne (1816) and the H.C.Ships Windsor (1818), Waterloo (1816), Scaleby Castle (1807), G... More

Gray, John Edward ILLUSTRATIONS OF INDIAN ZOOLOGY; CHIEFLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MAJOR GENERAL HARWICKE. LONDON: PARBURY, ALLEN, 1830-32

Gray, John Edward ILLUSTRATIONS OF INDIAN ZOOLOGY; CHIEFLY FROM THE CO...

Album of engravings of the natural history of the Indian subcontinent by General Hardwicke who spent nearly forty years of service in India. Illustrations were engraved from drawings made by English and Indian ... More

Gray, John Edward ILLUSTRATIONS OF INDIAN ZOOLOGY; CHIEFLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MAJOR GENERAL HARWICKE. LONDON: PARBURY, ALLEN, 1830-32

Gray, John Edward ILLUSTRATIONS OF INDIAN ZOOLOGY; CHIEFLY FROM THE CO...

Album of engravings of the natural history of the Indian subcontinent by General Hardwicke who spent nearly forty years of service in India. Illustrations were engraved from drawings made by English and Indian ... More

... Chinese Court of Justice ... 8th of March 1807 (BM 1858,1009.355)

... Chinese Court of Justice ... 8th of March 1807 (BM 1858,1009.355)

Seamen of East India Company ship Neptune brought before Chinese court to answer charge of homicide. Lithograph

The India directors in the suds (BM 1855,0609.1929)

The India directors in the suds (BM 1855,0609.1929)

It illustrates a dialogue, 'The Directors in the Suds or the Jaghire Factor dismayed at the Ghosts of the Black Merchants'. The scene is a room in the London Tavern at a meeting of Directors to consider opposit... More

Sir Joshua Reynolds - Portrait of Edward Holden Cruttenden, Director of the East India Company

Sir Joshua Reynolds - Portrait of Edward Holden Cruttenden, Director o...

Public domain image of portrait painting, 18th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

The Honourable East India Company's Ship Inglis - leaving St Helena, in July 1830 In Company with H.M. Frigate Ariadne and the H.C.Ships Windsor, Waterloo, Scaleby Castle, General Kidd, Farquharson & Lowther Castle RMG PY8462

The Honourable East India Company's Ship Inglis - leaving St Helena, i...

The Honourable East India Company's Ship Inglis (1812)... leaving St Helena, in July 1830 In Company with H.M. Frigate Ariadne (1816) and the H.C.Ships Windsor (1818), Waterloo (1816), Scaleby Castle (1807), Ge... More

The East Indiaman 'Earl of Balcarres' dropping her pilot off Dover, with the pilot cutter in attendance astern, 1832

The East Indiaman 'Earl of Balcarres' dropping her pilot off Dover, wi...

Picryl description: Public domain image of naval activity, ship, sea, 19th-20th century navy, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

East Indiaman Warley (adjusted)

East Indiaman Warley (adjusted)

Public domain reproduction of artwork, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Picryl description: Public domain image of a ship hull, port, harbor, water way, maritime architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of a ship hull, port, harbor, ...

Public domain image of a sailing ship, caravel, harbor, sea, naval battle, 16th-17th century maritime seascape, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

William Daniell - Strait of Malacca and Pulau Aur, 1804 RCIN 735107

William Daniell - Strait of Malacca and Pulau Aur, 1804 RCIN 735107

A view of the attack on 15 February 1804 by Rear-Admiral Charles-Alexandre Léon Durand, comte de Linois (1761-1848) on the East India Company fleet, homeward bound from China, commanded by Commodore Nathaniel ... More

The 'Southampton' with British and Dutch ships In Table Bay, Cape Of Good Hope

The 'Southampton' with British and Dutch ships In Table Bay, Cape Of G...

The Southampton with British and Dutch ships In Table Bay, Cape Of Good Hope. signed and dated 'R Dodd / 1786' (lower left) oil on canvas 32 7/8 x 56 5/8in. (83.5 x 144cm.) Provenance: Thomas Bruce, Earl of E... More

Loss of the Bangalore - A group of people on a boat in a body of water

Loss of the Bangalore - A group of people on a boat in a body of water

Loss of the Bangalore, Capt Lynch, on a Coral Reef in the Indian Sea

'Ardent' (1796) RMG J3016, ship plan, Royal museums Greenwich

'Ardent' (1796) RMG J3016, ship plan, Royal museums Greenwich

'Ardent' (1796) Scale: 1:48. Plan showing the orlop deck with fore and aft platforms proposed for fitting the 'Princess Royal', an East India Company ship purchased in frame at Northfleet, as a 64-gun Third Ra... More

Chinese junk flag RMG RP 17 17, British navy ship

Chinese junk flag RMG RP 17 17, British navy ship

Chinese junk flag An Imperial Chinese junk flag captured during the First China War 1839-42. It is part of a collection belonging to Sir Robert Oliver (1783-1848). A hand sewn triangular flag with an indente... More

¼ Anna - British East India Company - Bronze coin (1858) 01

¼ Anna - British East India Company - Bronze coin (1858) 01

A quarter (¼) Anna coin issued by the British East India Company for circulation in their India.

Stranding van de Britse Oost-Indiëvaarder 'Generaal Barker' bij Noordwijk, 1781

Stranding van de Britse Oost-Indiëvaarder 'Generaal Barker' bij Noordw...

Public domain image of Dutch print, ship, harbor, port, maritime artwork, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Map from "A Gazetteer of the Territories under the Government of the East-India Company ... Compiled ... by Edward Thornton, etc"

Map from "A Gazetteer of the Territories under the Government of the E...

This image has been taken from scan 000007 from "A Gazetteer of the Territories under the Government of the East-India Company ... Compiled ... by Edward Thornton, etc". The title and subject terms of this imag... More

The unhappy contrast (BM 1868,0808.6009)

The unhappy contrast (BM 1868,0808.6009)

The poverty of a military officer on half-pay is contrasted with the wealth of an officer of the East India Company. On the left stands an officer beside a cannon inscribed 'G.R.', its muzzle inscribed 'honor'.... More

Sailing vessel of ca.1600 flying a British sea flag (1) port bow view with figures boarding from a boat; (2) port broadside view with figures on board; (3) stern view of vessel at sea; (4) stern decoration RMG PY8425

Sailing vessel of ca.1600 flying a British sea flag (1) port bow view ...

Sailing vessel of ca.1600 flying a British sea flag (1) port bow view with figures boarding from a boat; (2) port broadside view with figures on board; (3) stern view of vessel at sea; (4) stern decoration orig... More

AMH-6143-NA Map of Table Bay - Public domain old map

AMH-6143-NA Map of Table Bay - Public domain old map

Nederlands: Titel catalogus Leupe (NA): Kaart van de Tafelbaai. Met loodingen. De afbeelding toont het aanzicht van de Tafelbaai en directe omgeving Tafel Baij, Leeuwen Bergh, Robben Eijland, Tafel Bergh. Boven... More

An East Indiaman off Singapore

An East Indiaman off Singapore

An East Indiaman off Singapore. (Original artist label on the reverse)

A fleet of East Indiamen at sea

A fleet of East Indiamen at sea

This painting has the alternative title 'Ships of the East India Company at Sea' but was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1803 as 'The Hindostan, G. Millet[t], commander, and senior officer of eighteen sail o... More

An East Indiaman in stays, with a fleet chase beyond RMG BHC1051

An East Indiaman in stays, with a fleet chase beyond RMG BHC1051

An East Indiaman in stays, with a fleet chase beyond In the foreground an Indiaman is shown broadside, to port. It flies the red ensign from the stern as well as short pennants to indicate that it is a merchan... More

Two Views of an East Indiaman of the Time of King William III RMG BHC1676

Two Views of an East Indiaman of the Time of King William III RMG BHC1...

Two Views of an East Indiaman of the Time of King William III A portrait of a powerfully armed East India Company vessel, identifiable by the striped ensign, jack and pendants. A further mark of identification... More

Royal Charlotte - Indiaman

Royal Charlotte - Indiaman

three-fold view: front, side, and rear Public domain photograph of 18th-century painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Thomas Hudson (attributed) - Portrait of William Fytche of Bengal 1752

Thomas Hudson (attributed) - Portrait of William Fytche of Bengal 1752

Public domain photo of portrait art painting, 18th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Portrait of the East Indiaman Neptune in two positions off the Downs

Portrait of the East Indiaman Neptune in two positions off the Downs

East Indiaman Neptune in two positions off the Downs indistinctly signed and dated 'Luny 17--' (lower left) Lot number: /26779/lot/56/ The Marine Sale 6 Oct 2021 biography

Bencoleen Sumatra - Public domain vintage map

Bencoleen Sumatra - Public domain vintage map

Dutch sketch map of Western Sumatra from the 1830s. Part of the area in blue is described as "gained from the English in 1825. Much of coast of southwestern Sumatra was a British East India possession known as... More

Small temple and swing at Bikampulli

Small temple and swing at Bikampulli

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus Medium: Photographic print Date: 1858 This photograph of a small temple and swing at Bikampulli was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858 and published in an album entitled 'Photograph... More

Gurkha soldier 1815 - A drawing of a man with a sword in his hand

Gurkha soldier 1815 - A drawing of a man with a sword in his hand

Gurkha infantryman. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the British employed Indian artists to illustrate the manners and customs of India and to record scenes of monuments, deities, festivals, and occupations.... More

Chinese junk pennant RMG RP 17 15

Chinese junk pennant RMG RP 17 15

Chinese junk pennant An Imperial Chinese junk pennant captured during the First China War 1839-42. It is part of a collection belonging to Sir Robert Oliver (1783-1848), Superintendent of the Indian Navy. The... More

Lancaster (1797); Monmouth (1796) RMG J3993

Lancaster (1797); Monmouth (1796) RMG J3993

Lancaster (1797); Monmouth (1796) Scale: 1:48. Plan showing the gun deck (lower deck) proposed for fitting Lancaster (1796) and Monmouth (1796), East India Company ships, as 64-gun Third Rate, two-deckers. T... More

Wreck of the War-Steamer 'Medusa,' in the Irrawaddy River, Recovery of the Guns ILN-1854-0318-0005

Wreck of the War-Steamer 'Medusa,' in the Irrawaddy River, Recovery of...

Wreck of the War-Steamer "Medusa," Lieut. H.A. Fraser in the Irrawaddy River, Recovery of the Guns. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 18 March 1854. Read the ILN

Portrait of Robert, First Lord Clive OB. 1774 (4671395)

Portrait of Robert, First Lord Clive OB. 1774 (4671395)

A portrait from the Welsh Portrait Collection at the National Library of Wales. Depicted person: Robert Clive – British military officer and East India Company official (1725-1774)

'A Portrait of the East Indiaman ('Orwell'), built at Mr Bayley's Ship-Yard, Ipswich. Launched 17th August, 1817' RMG PU6398

'A Portrait of the East Indiaman ('Orwell'), built at Mr Bayley's Ship...

'A Portrait of the East Indiaman ['Orwell'], built at Mr Bayley's Ship-Yard, Ipswich. Launched 17th August, 1817' Print showing the Indiaman 'Orwell' on the stocks at Ipswich, inscribed lower right: 'Published ... More

Henry Moses - 'Surat Castle' RMG PU7880

Henry Moses - 'Surat Castle' RMG PU7880

'Surat Castle' Print from Moses' 'Sketches of Shipping', entitled 'Surat Castle'. Signed, dated and inscribed by the artist. It shows the East Indiaman 'Surat Castle', presumably in the East India Dock at Blac... More

An Outward bound East Indiaman sailing from the Downs - RMG 2820

An Outward bound East Indiaman sailing from the Downs - RMG 2820

An Outward bound East Indiaman sailing from the Downs... Print An Outward bound East Indiaman sailing from the Downs...

Calcutta 1828-33 2014HA0930 - Public domain dedication image

Calcutta 1828-33 2014HA0930 - Public domain dedication image

Calcutta From "Pictorial Journal of Travels in Hindustan from 1828, to 1833. By Captain Robert Smith Late H.M. 44th Regt'", 65 detached and mounted illustrations in pencil. The work, much of it in diary form, i... More

AMH-6098-NA Map of India - Public domain vintage map

AMH-6098-NA Map of India - Public domain vintage map

Nederlands: Titel catalogus Leupe (NA): The East Indies, with the Roads. Een zeer gedetailleerde kaart van India en Ceylon. Meerdere schaalverdelingen worden rechtsonder weergegeven Schaalaanduiding: Schaal va... More

Paolo Ambrogio - Sir Edward Hamilton, Capt Robert Lundy 1436386 60b6c6b840

Paolo Ambrogio - Sir Edward Hamilton, Capt Robert Lundy 1436386 60b6c6...

Ship portrait, "Sir Edward Hamilton", watercolor, signed Ambrogio, Malta CaptionːSir Edward Hamilton - Capt Robert Lundy. Lundy was master from 1830 to at least 1840 44 x 57 cms

East India Company ships at Deptford RMG BHC1873

East India Company ships at Deptford RMG BHC1873

East India Company ships at Deptford (Updated, February 2015) The ships used by the East Company were initially purchased privately as required. Losses from wear, tear and wreck took their toll and large ships... More

General John Briggs - Public domain portrait print

General John Briggs - Public domain portrait print

General John Briggs (1785–1875) was a British officer in the army of the East India Company, and an author.

Arthur Devis 10b - Public domain scenic painting

Arthur Devis 10b - Public domain scenic painting

Peter Ducane (1713-1804) was a merchant, Governor and director of both the Bank of England and the East India Company. His wife, was a wealthy heiress, the only duaghter of Henry Norris, a Muscovy merchant. The... More

Lord Amherst - Public domain portrait engraving

Lord Amherst - Public domain portrait engraving

William Pitt Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst, GCH, PC (14 January 1773 – 13 March 1857)

Pass for Claes Grill and Son 1809

Pass for Claes Grill and Son 1809

English pass for Swedish merchant Claes Grill & Son, 1809, and his ships to operate in certain ports in Britain

Madras cavalry - Egypt - A painting of a man riding a white horse

Madras cavalry - Egypt - A painting of a man riding a white horse

Madras Light Cavalry inde armée Picryl description: Public domain artwork of horse, equestrian horse riding, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Chinese junk flag RMG L0139, British navy ship

Chinese junk flag RMG L0139, British navy ship

Chinese junk flag An Imperial Chinese junk flag captured during the First China War 1839-42. It is part of a collection belonging to Sir Robert Oliver (1783-1848), Superintendent of the Indian Navy. The hand s... More

Chinese junk pennant RMG L0186, British navy ship

Chinese junk pennant RMG L0186, British navy ship

Chinese junk pennant An Imperial Chinese junk pennant captured during the First China War 1839-42. It is part of a collection belonging to Sir Robert Oliver (1783-1848), Superintendent of the Indian Navy. The... More

¼ Anna - British East India Company - Bronze coin (1858) 02

¼ Anna - British East India Company - Bronze coin (1858) 02

A quarter (¼) Anna coin issued by the British East India Company for circulation in their India.

Captain Macheath (BM 1855,0609.1956)

Captain Macheath (BM 1855,0609.1956)

Satire on the Duke of Grafton's administration and its dealings with the East India Company, in particular negotiations for the extension of the Company's charter; Bute is shown as influencing the Duke's action... More

Shah Allum in distress (BM 1868,0808.10034)

Shah Allum in distress (BM 1868,0808.10034)

A design in two compartments illustrating an article in Biblical phraseology, 'The First Chapter of the Book of Kings' and 'The Lamentations'. In the upper part is depicted a meeting of the General Court of the... More

AMH-7271-KB Map of the south African coast from Saldanha Bay up to and including the Cape of Good Hope and False Bay

AMH-7271-KB Map of the south African coast from Saldanha Bay up to and...

Nederlands: Kaart van de Afrikaanse zuidkust van Saldanhabaai tot en met Kaap de Goede Hoop en False Bay. Linksboven: No: 43. De kaart is afkomstig uit: 'Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën' van François Valentyn. Cf. Ös... More

A true relation of the unjust, cruell, and barbarous proceedings against the English at Amboyna in the East-Indies 1624 (Leiden via Geheugen)

A true relation of the unjust, cruell, and barbarous proceedings again...

Collection of spooky and death images from various sources selected by BibliOdyssey.

Shipping in an Estuary RMG L9338

Shipping in an Estuary RMG L9338

Shipping in an Estuary A scene showing an estuary with shipping and land rising up on either side. The land on the far right includes white cliffs rising up towards fields and woods. Several church towers are ... More

A military officer of the East India Company (cropped)

A military officer of the East India Company (cropped)

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one shows a military officer of the East India Company. The Indian artist has used the native technique and the s... More

Ft St David, c.1763 - A painting of a ship in a body of water

Ft St David, c.1763 - A painting of a ship in a body of water

British Library; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation. Oil on canvas, 34.5 x 43 centimeters. In the centre is a large ship, flying the East India Company's flag. Fort St David is on the shore to the lef... More

Portrait of East India Company official

Portrait of East India Company official

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one probably depicts William Fullerton of Rosemount, who joined the East India Company's service in 1744 and was ... More

The Old East India House in Leadenhall Street 1648 to 1726

The Old East India House in Leadenhall Street 1648 to 1726

all objects) Production person Print made by Anonymous (all objects) Date 1820-1840 Schools /Styles British (all objects) Description View of the building before it was rebuilt in 1726, showing the old timber ... More

Edward Duncan - Destroying Chinese war junks, by E. Duncan (1843)

Edward Duncan - Destroying Chinese war junks, by E. Duncan (1843)

The East India Company iron steam ship Nemesis, commanded by Lieutenant W. H. Hall, with boats from the Sulphur, Calliope, Larne and Starling, destroying the Chinese war junks in Anson's Bay, on 7 January 1841... More

Shah 'Alam conveying the grant of the Diwani to Lord Clive

Shah 'Alam conveying the grant of the Diwani to Lord Clive

The Mughal emperor Shah Alam hands a scroll to Robert Clive, the governor of Bengal, which transferred tax collecting rights in Bengal, Bihar and Orissa to the East India Company, August 1765

A representation of the dreadfull situation of the Halsewell East Indiaman ...before her total dissolution on the rocks ... 6th of Jany 1786 Mid 00857947 001

A representation of the dreadfull situation of the Halsewell East Indi...

Full title: 'A representation of the dreadfull Situation of the Halsewell East Indiaman Capt. Richd. Pierce at the instant before her total dissolution on the rocks near Seacomb in the Isle of Purbeck on the c... More

Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707) - An English Indiaman Attacked by Three Spanish Privateers - RCIN 405154 - Royal Collection

Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707) - An English Indiaman Atta...

In this ‘two-part’ episode (not known through any other source) an English ‘Indiaman’ (merchant ship of the English East India Company, flying its flag with red and white stripes) is attacked by three Spanish ... More

William Farquhar - A black and white photo of a man in a military uniform

William Farquhar - A black and white photo of a man in a military unif...

Colonel (later Major-General) William Farquhar (26 February 1774 – 13 May 1839), an employee of the British East India Company, and the first Resident of colonial Singapore (6 February 1819 – 1 May 1823). Nede... More

1825 painting of the rock sculpture of Arjuna's Penance and Panchpandava mandapam, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

1825 painting of the rock sculpture of Arjuna's Penance and Panchpanda...

From the source, Watercolour of the rock sculpture of Arjuna's Penance, by John Gantz, c. 1825. Inscribed: 'A view of the Sculptures representing the tapass or intense penance of Arjoona Mahabalipoorum from a ... More

Map BEIC 1837 - Public domain geographic map

Map BEIC 1837 - Public domain geographic map

Map of India under the British East India Company, 1837.

'Agincourt' (1796) RMG J3355, ship plan, Royal museums Greenwich

'Agincourt' (1796) RMG J3355, ship plan, Royal museums Greenwich

'Agincourt' (1796) Scale: 1:48. Plan showing the gun (lower) deck proposed for fitting the 'Earl Talbot', an East India Company ship purchased on the stocks, as a 64-gun Third Rate, two-decker and renamed 'Agi... More

'Ardent' (1796) RMG J3015, ship plan, Royal museums Greenwich

'Ardent' (1796) RMG J3015, ship plan, Royal museums Greenwich

'Ardent' (1796) Scale: 1:48. Plan showing the gun (lower) deck proposed for fitting the 'Princess Royal', an East India Company ship purchased in frame at Northfleet, as a 64-gun Third Rate two decker and rena... More

Honourable East India Company ensign RMG L5916

Honourable East India Company ensign RMG L5916

Honourable East India Company ensign Honourable East India Company ensign. A copy made from a design supplied by Sir William Foster (ca.1911), who was registrar and superintendent of the India Office Records. ... More

East India reformers or new ways & means. (BM 1868,0808.5062)

East India reformers or new ways & means. (BM 1868,0808.5062)

North, Fox, and Burke in a room in the India House, the wall of which is inscribed "Committe [sic] Room". They stand in front of a long table behind which is a tall arm-chair inscribed "President's Chair". Fox ... More

Northfleet Hope, 1755. The Old School. Old East Indiaman at Northfleet Hope RMG PY8426

Northfleet Hope, 1755. The Old School. Old East Indiaman at Northfleet...

Northfleet Hope, 1755. The Old School. Old East Indiaman at Northfleet Hope Hand-coloured. Northfleet Hope, 1755. The Old School. Old East Indiaman at Northfleet Hope

The Launch of the Honble East India Compys Ship Edinburgh Captain Henry Bax; from the Dock Yard of Messrs Wigrams and Green Blackwall, November 9th 1825, with a view of the ship Abercrombie Robinson Captain John Innes, on RMG PY8485

The Launch of the Honble East India Compys Ship Edinburgh Captain Henr...

The Launch of the Honble East India Compys Ship Edinburgh Captain Henry Bax; from the Dock Yard of Messrs Wigrams & Green Blackwall, November 9th 1825, with a view of the ship Abercrombie Robinson Captain John ... More

Shahbagh-garden1904 - A black and white photo of a gazebo

Shahbagh-garden1904 - A black and white photo of a gazebo

Photograph taken by Fritz Kapp in 1904 with a general view looking towards a pavilion in the Nawab's Shahbagh gardens in Dacca (Dhaka, now the capital of Bangladesh), part of an album of 30 prints from the Curz... More

The 'Streatham' and the opium clipper 'Red Rover' RMG BHC3580

The 'Streatham' and the opium clipper 'Red Rover' RMG BHC3580

The 'Streatham' and the opium clipper 'Red Rover' The ‘Streatham’ with the opium clipper ‘Red Rover’ are shown at anchor in the Hooghly River, Calcutta. The buildings of Calcutta dominate the skyline in the ba... More

East Indiamen in a Gale RMG BHC1029

East Indiamen in a Gale RMG BHC1029

East Indiamen in a Gale This is a portrait of an East Indiaman in the foreground, in port-quarter view. The ship in the distance to the left approaches in starboard-bow view, heeling on the port tack under for... More

The Money Brothers- William Taylor, 1769-1834, James, 1772-1833, and Robert, 1775-1803 RMG BHC2866

The Money Brothers- William Taylor, 1769-1834, James, 1772-1833, and R...

The Money Brothers: William Taylor, 1769-1834, James, 1772-1833, and Robert, 1775-1803 A group portrait of three sons of William Money (1738-96), a Director of the East India Company and an Elder Brother of Tr... More

Stamp of India - 1852 - Colnect 298817 - Merchants’ Mark of the British East India Company

Stamp of India - 1852 - Colnect 298817 - Merchants’ Mark of the Britis...

For more information on this series of stamps refer to the India wiki page.

Hindostan (East Indiaman)

Hindostan (East Indiaman)

Public domain reproduction of artwork, 18th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

View of the Hon,,ble Companys Ship Warren Hastings, a few Minutes before her Action with La Pie'montaise (French Frigate) on the 21,st June 1806 1806 or later RCIN 735129 680309-1492681654

View of the Hon,,ble Companys Ship Warren Hastings, a few Minutes befo...

View of the Hon,,ble Companys Ship WARREN HASTINGS, a few Minutes before her Action with LA PIE'MONT'AISE (French Frigate) on the 21,st June 1806. [bottom left, below edge of view:] Warren Hastings. 40 Guns [bl... More

Thondaiman1 - A group of people sitting in a room

Thondaiman1 - A group of people sitting in a room

Photograph of the H.E. Tondaiman Rajah and his ministers, part of the 'Photographic Views of Poodoocottah' (Madras, 1858) collection, taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858. In 1855, Tripe was commissioned to take ph... More

Two Mohurs, British East India Company, 1835 - Bode-Museum - DSC02714

Two Mohurs, British East India Company, 1835 - Bode-Museum - DSC02714

Exhibit in the Bode-Museum, Berlin, Germany. This work is in the public domain because the artist died more than 100 years ago. Photography was permitted in the museum without restriction.

Sir William James - A painting of a man in a military uniform holding a book

Sir William James - A painting of a man in a military uniform holding ...

Commodore Sir William James (1721–83). Public domain photograph, 18th-century male portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Michael-Topping

Michael-Topping

Michael Topping was a sailor-astronomer instrumental in setting up the Madras Observatory in Chennai in India in 1794.

Numismatic postcard from the early 1900's - British Raj

Numismatic postcard from the early 1900's - British Raj

A postcard that depicts the coins that circulated at the time.

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