Engraving of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

THOMPSON, [James]. Engraving of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.

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THOMPSON, [James]. Engraving of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. London, Henry Fisher, 1824.

A single leaf measuring 244mm x 155mm; stipple-engraved portrait, with caption underneath.
Portrait depicting Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, colonial governor and founder of Singapore. 'A man of vision with great ambitions for himself and his country, he saw Britain's mission to raise the people of the eastern archipelago from ignorance and poverty, not by means of territorial expansion, but a combination of commercial and moral pre-eminance. Raffles's most enduring monument was Singapore itslef, which secured British supremacy in the eastern seas for more than a centruy and represented a triumph for the principles of free trade and laissez-faire' (ODNB).

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