The East Indiaman 'Hindustan' at anchor
A highly detailed painting showing the 'Hindustan' at anchor, possibly off the rocky coast of the Canary Islands, with its sails lowered. A small local craft can be seen in the foreground and there is a ship in full sail in the distance on the left. The painting is thought to commemorate the 'Hindustan's' first voyage for the East India Company to China at the start of 1790, returning just over a year later in January 1791. Luny was commissioned to produce five paintings of the 'Hindustan' from this voyage. In 1795 the 'Hindustan' was sold to the government, to become the 4th rate ship HMS 'Hindostan'. In October 1792 it undertook its second trip to China, escorting the 'Lion' with Lord Macartney aboard, as part of Britain's trading embassy to the Chinese Emperor, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Altogether the 'Hindostan' was in service between 1789-1802 and made six major voyages during this time. After various operations in the Atlantic and Mediterranean it was burnt by accident on 2 April 1804 in Rosas bay, San Sebastian.
- Image reference: BHC3407
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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