Sir Thomas Roe at the Court of Ajmir
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Sir Thomas Roe at the Court of Ajmir

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In a scene who's style is derived wholly from the exquisite miniature of the Moghul Emperors of India, a lone English Gentleman, in the costume of a Jacobean courtier, stands before the Emperor Jehangir at the Imperial Court at Ajmir. The year is 1614, and Sir Thomas Roe, ambassador of King James I, presents his credentials. His embassy was intended to establish a commercial treaty between England and the Moghul Empire, and Sir Thomas's courtesy and firmness succeeded in laying the foundation of British influence in India.

Sir Thomas Roe was an indefatigable traveller, his diplomatic missions carrying him to the Netherlands, the Ottoman Empire, Transylvania, Poland, and Persia.

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Sir Thomas Roe at the Court of Ajmir

This is one of eight monumental canvases commissioned in 1927 to fill the vacant spaces on the walls of St Stephen's Hall. The idea of this scheme was conceived by a committee including Lord Peel, Lord Crawford (Chairman of the Fine Arts Commission) and the Speaker of the House of Commons - at that time J.H. Whitley. The subjectmatter and artists were chosen by Sir Henry Newbolt, the unifying theme being 'The Building of Britain', during the eight centuries from King Alfred to Queen Anne. The result is an unusual attempt to produce in the 1920s High Art of the sort which was understood by the Victorian artists of the 19th-century Palace, of Westminster, but which was no longer popular or perhaps well understood.

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