Posted on: 14 January 2012

Digital Rare Book:
The economic history of India under early British rule, from the rise of the British power in 1757 to the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
By Romesh Chunder Dutt
Published by Trubner & Co., Lonodon - 1920

Oil painting, 'Queen Victoria in her Coronation Robes', Charles Robert Leslie, 1838.
Source: V&A, London

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Image details: Oil painting, 'Queen Victoria in her Coronation Robes', Charles Robert Leslie, 1838 This painting depicts one of the most moving and private moments on the intricate five hour long medieval state ceremony. Immediately after the supreme moment of the Homage when she was presented to the people, she took off her Royal Crown and kneeling in her elaborate dalmatic robe, stiff with golden eagles, testified by receiving the sacrament to her personal Christian faith. Object Type: The Victorians frequently made commemorative oil paintings of significant people and events, and thus many pictures of Queen Victoria were painted. This sketch was made as a preparation for a large picture, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy and is now in the Royal Collection. Subjects Depicted: Some months after her coronation in June 1837, Queen Victoria posed for this portrait. It shows the Queen dressed in her coronation robes and kneeling at the altar in Westminster Abbey. Even this small sketch reveals Leslie's skill as an artist who was able to combine the intimate and the historic in a single scene. This point was reinforced by the fact that the Queen later commissioned him to record the christening of her first child, the Princess Royal. Historical Associations: The Coronation of the young Queen Victoria was the founding moment of a new era in British life. The Hanoverian Kings (particularly George IV) who had preceded her became unpopular because of their perceived vice and folly. A significant section of the population was being enticed towards the thought of a republic. The youth and innocence of Victoria represented a new start for the monarchy to some of her more moralistic subjects. Source: V&A, London

I had a hard copy of this book which I had picked up on the footpaths of Bombay for a couple of rupees. But could not progress with it because of my ignorance about the context of Dutt's presentation. Like Dadabhai Naoroji, Dutt's main thesis was impoverishment of India due to the imperial rule. I am not sure if RC Dutt was any way related with RP Dutt who of course belonged to the following generation?

Perhaps this could have helped

Thanks for this good download R.B.S.I.

Thanks A great book which I was trying hard to lay hands on