Shipping off Madras
This painting suggests shipping off the coast of Madras with the harbour and buildings of the city in the distance. Here, the British flag flies prominently from Fort St. George. Sir Edward Hughes took over the East Indies command from Commodore Sir Edward Vernon 1723-1794, arriving at Madras on 19 January 1780, with six small ships of the line. It is possible that they may feature among the British shipping in the painting. The difficulties for the British in India increased at this time and they were fully occupied waging war against various local rulers, and against the French fleet at sea in a number of actions, until the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1783.
- Image reference: BHC1890
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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