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Monument of Sir Eyre Coote KB


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Depicts the monument to Sir Eyre Coote in Westminster Abbey. The very large white marble monument is by the sculptor Thomas Banks and shows at the base a sarcophagus on which is a relief of an elephant and above, against the pyramid, is a palm tree with flags and military trophies. Among the trophies are a Roman helmet, the Club of Hercules, a bow, a quiver and some arrows. A figure of Victory suspends a medallion portrait of Coote from the tree. On the right is a seated Mahratta captive with his hand resting on a cornucopia, the contents of which cascade on to a British shield. The inscription reads: 'This monument is erected by the East India Company, as a memorial of the military talents of Lieutenant General Sir Eyre Coote, K.B. Commander in Chief of the British Forces in India, who, by the success of his arms, in the years MDCCLX and MDCCLXI, expelled the French from the coast of Coromandel. In MDCCLXXXI and MDCCLXXXII he again took the field in the Carnatic, in opposition to the united strength of the French and Hyder Ally; and, in several engagements, defeated the numerous forces of the latter. But death interrupted his career of glory on the XXVII th day of April MDCCLXXXIII, in the fifty eighth year of his age'. Sir Eyre Coote KB was an East India Company officer. He is best known for his many years of service with the British Army in India. From 'The Universal Magazine', 1790. Accompanied by original text description.

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artist Anon.
method Copper-line engraving
date 1790
size 170mm by 110mm (platemark)
SKU MN7936