Lot 314 (Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale, 25th June 2019)
Anglo-Indian School, c.1770
PORTRAIT OF CHARLES WESTON ESQ., 'PRESIDENT AT CULCUTTA BENGAL', 1731-1809
Inscribed on old label verso, oil on panel, oval
33 x 28cm
Provenance: A Norfolk family;
With Hartnell and Eyre Ltd 1986
Charles Weston (1731-1810), A Eurasian philanthropist, began life as a surgeon's apprentice and escaped capture at the Siege of Calcutta in 1757. He owed a debt of gratitude to John Zephaniah Howell who was one of 23 survivors of the Black Hole in 1756. Once Howell succeeded Clive as Governor, he supported Weston in the pursuit of his fortune. Weston was conspicuously generous in life and in death; he left a fund to give 'assistance and relief of families labouring under the pressing miseries of poverty, hunger, disease and other painful misfortune'.
Weston's epitaph read 'he was a striking example that character and refined sentiments are not confined to complexion or climate'.
This portrait appears on the cover of 'Poor Relations. The Making of a Eurasian Community in British India 1773-1833' by Christopher Howells, pub. Curzon 1996, a signed copy of which accompanies the painting.
Sold for £620
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The auction details are as follows:
Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale, 25th June 2019
21 June 2019, 9am - 5pm
23 June 2019, 10am - 1pm
24 June 2019, 9am - 5pm
25 June 2019, from 9am
26 June 2019, from 9am
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