The Art of a Corporation: The East India Company as Patron and Collector, 1600-1860

What can art tell us about London’s oldest and longest surviving multinational corporation? This ground-breaking book identifies hundreds of artworks that were commissioned and collected by the East India Company, most of which can be found in London today. By bringing them together into a single study, Howes shows that these extraordinary objects are important historical vestiges of a company that survived for a quarter of a millennium.

This book is a must for anyone interested in the East India Company, Art History and Britain’s colonial past.


The complexity of the East India Company is one of the reasons British Empire is so poorly understood. Howes does vital work shining light on one particular aspect of its history – a real education for me.    Sathnam Sanghera

This is the first attempt to look at all the artworks produced by the East India Company, as a corporate entity. Through detective investigation, Howes brings the dispersed collection back together both as a narrative and as a collection,connecting also to current debates about empire, capitalism and memorials.    Giles Tillotson

Formats: hardcover and ebook

Date: April 14 2023

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 978-1-03-236117-8     

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