Lord Wellesley's monument at Bombay
Artist: Simpson, William (1823-1899)
This chromolithograph is taken from plate 48 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. Lord Wellesley was Governor-General of Bengal during the period 1797 to 1805. Committed to extending British rule in India, he at least consolidated it by means of the Anglo-Mysore and Anglo-Maratha wars. To some observers, this period was one of the most eventful and 'glorious' times of British rule in India. In spite of this, this statue ordered for Mumbai (Bombay) lay neglected in a warehouse and would not have been erected but for the efforts of Sir Charles Forbes. It was put up in Elphinstone (later Horniman) Circle, outside the town hall.