Frederick Christian Lewis (1779-1856) and Charles George Lewis (1808-1880) after Frederick Christian Lewis (1813-1875)
The Installation on the Musnud of His Highness the Nabob of the Carnatic, 1842
mezzotint and engraving heightened with bodycolour, published by F.C. Lewis Senior, London, 1845
Image: approximately 552 x 715mm
framed and glazed, unexamined out of frame
AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE AND RARE MEZZOTINT BY LEWIS, THIS THE ARTIST'S HEIGHTENED TOUCH-PROOF BEFORE LETTERS. The heightening is almost certainly the work of F.C. Lewis Junior executed possibly with the assistance of his father, F.C. Lewis Senior. Shortly after the former arrived at Madras he was commissioned by the Nabob (or Nawab) to paint in the installation ceremony, which took place on at the Chepauk Palace on 25 August 1842. Lewis was paid Rs5,515 for his work. The painting is now in the Fort Museum. The figures depicted are identified in an engraved keyplate now in the Oriental and Indian Office Library at the British Library. The principal Indians and English are seated to left and right of the Nabob, seated on the Musnud, and among the high ranking officials depicted, from all departments of the colonial administration, are Lord Elphinstone, Governor of Madras, General Sir Robert Clark, Commander-in-Chief, Sir Edward Gambier, Chief Justice, members of the judicial bench, the Board of Revenue, gentleman agents and residents, and local Indian princes and potentates. The keyplate identifies most of the sitters and notes that those not identified were members of the Nabob retinue and Durbar. C.G. and F.C. Lewis Junior were the second and third sons respectively of F.C. Lewis Senior.