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Portrait of Charles Theophilus, 1st Baron Metcalfe (1785 - 1846) 1835c.

Anglo Oriental 

Portrait of Charles Theophilus, 1st Baron Metcalfe (1785 - 1846), Anglo Oriental
Oil on canvas
19th Century
38 x 24 inches 96.5 x 61 cm
Charles Metcalfe was educated at Eton and appointed to a Bengal writership in 1800, where he became political agent successively to Generals Lake, Smith and Dodeswell. Between 1820 - 27 he was in Hyderabad and was made a Member of the Supreme Council in his last year there. He was Provisional Govenor General of India between 1835 - 36 and was made GCB as well as Leuitenant-General of the North West Provinces from 1836 - 38.

As Govenor of Jamaica between 1839 - 42 he smoothed matters between proprietors and the indigenous population. Between 1843 - 45 he was Govenor General of Canada where his tact won the general election for the Government in 1844. He was created Baron Metcalfe in 1845 and retired in the same year.
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