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Shah Allum in distress digital file from original item

December 31, 1772
Shah Alam II 1759–1806

Shah Allum in distress digital file from original item



Summary "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 East India Company; the directors seated at a table on which are writing materials, a book, and a hammer. In the foreground a large man, Governor Johnstone, is holding up by the seat of his breeches 'Shah Allum' or Sir George Colebrook for the derision of the other directors. In the background, behind a barrier, a crowd of men, apparently the proprietors of East India Stock, watch the proceedings with amusement. A ship with broken masts in heavy seas is driving on to rocks (right), on which is a flag-staff with a flag inscribed 'Treasury Cape'. On the right margin is inscribed "L. 40,00,00". This symbolizes the ruinous state of the Company's finances, on the verge of bankruptcy and burdened with an annual tribute of £400,000 to the Treasury." (Source: George) Created / Published [England : Publisher not named, 1773 Jan.] Subject Headings - Colebrooke, George,--Sir,--1729-1809 - Johnstone, George,--1730-1787 - East India Company--People--1770-1780 - Meetings--England--1770-1780 - Shipwrecks--1770-1780 Headings Cartoons (Commentary)--British--1770-1780. Engravings--1770-1780. Notes - Title from item. - From the Westminster Magazine, i. 41. - Notation on recto: Warren Hastings. - Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum / by Mary Dorothy George, v. 5, no. 5100 - Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress). Medium 1 print : engraving. Call Number/Physical Location PC 1 - 5100 (A size) [P&P] Repository Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Digital Id ds 04437 // Library of Congress Control Number 2006685199 Reproduction Number LC-DIG-ds-04437 (digital file from original item) Rights Advisory No known restrictions on publication. Online Format image LCCN Permalink Additional Metadata Formats MARCXML Record MODS Record Dublin Core Record

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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