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Zoom lectures presented by The British in India Historical Trust. This month's speaker is ROSIE LLEWELLYN-JONES.

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The Estate of Major General Claude Martin at Lucknow
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
This talk offers a unique glimpse into a European household in 18th-century India. Major General Claude Martin was a French soldier who joined the East India Company after the French lost Pondicherry. He became not only the richest European of his day but a purveyor of Enlightenment ideas. Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, Martin’s biographer, discusses his paintings, silverware, jewellery, armoury, scientific equipment and more, and his large library, based on the inventory of his possessions and the examinations of six experts.
Simon Schaffer, Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge, writes:
'These inventoried materials throw a fascinating and indispensable light on the world of an enlightened polymath of remarkably broad interests in erudition and experimental philosophy. They also chart the material culture of excessive display and conspicuous consumption characteristic of a master of South Asian trade and profit. The inventories have much to teach about artisan skill and erudite activity, the outputs of the range of workshops and studios that played such a vital role in later eighteenth-century material cultures. Spectacular hoards catalogued in the inventory simultaneously represent the results of deliberate attempts by their owner to emulate the great cabinets and palatial showrooms of those Indian rulers whose high status and erstwhile power the ambitious Martin sought to mimic and, in key respects, rival.'
Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE is the editor of The Estate of Major General Claude Martin at Lucknow: An Indian Inventory (Cambridge Scholars 2021), her third book on Martin.
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General Admission to this lecture and the two others listed at the foot of this page. This 'all three lectures' ticket is available for purchase until 17 January and can bought on the booking page for 'Ruling the Savage Periphery'. Select the green 'Tickets' button and you will find the 'All three lectures' ticket listed there: £15.

Additional donation (optional) to promote scholarship by funding essay and book prizes for excellence in historical writing on the British in South Asia between 1600 and 1947: £1 suggested.

Please contact the organiser if you would like to attend the lecture but are experiencing financial hardship during the pandemic. Or if you have any queries.

Cambridge Scholars have offered attendees a 25% discount on orders of Rosie Llewellyn-Jones's book (original price £64.99/ $99.95US). Details will be given in the email confirming your registration.


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'The book reveals a recherché world of luxury and leisure where firearms were as exquisitely crafted as jewellery and the colours of fabrics had such poetic names as "'amooah' (a shade of green like an unripe mango)"— a world mirrored in the works of European masters like William Hodges and Johann Zoffany who visited India and painted canvases that often featured Martin and were part of his art collection, which "has almost completely disappeared from studies".' — Soumitra Das, The Telegraph Online
'Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, whose knowledge of India is encyclopædic, and who is the author of impressive studies of Major General Claude Martin (1735-1800) and his works, has now edited this extraordinary account of that remarkable man’s estate.' — Professor James Stevens Curl, The Critic

Other lectures in the series

Wednesday 16 February
Peace, Poverty and Betrayal: A New History of British India
Roderick Matthews
Tuesday 15 March
Ruling the Savage Periphery
Benjamin D. Hopkins
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