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Richard Colley Wellesley, Marquess Wellesley

(1760-1842), Politician and Governor-General of India; brother of Wellington

Sitter associated with 18 portraits
Brother of the Duke of Wellington, Richard Colley Wellesley played a vital role in the consolidation of British rule in India during the Regency. In 1793 he became a commissioner of the Board of Control for India, and in 1797 was appointed Governor-General. Wellesley pursued an aggressive policy of expansion, partly in order to reduce the French presence. He also sought to establish an Indian civil service college in Calcutta, but the scheme was rejected. In 1802 he refused to implement the British government's order to restore Indian territories to France and was recalled under threat of impeachment in 1805. He was later a Foreign Secretary and served twice as Viceroy of Ireland.


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