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Dadabhai Naoroji

(1825-1917), President of Indian National Congress and politician; MP for Finsbury

Sitter in 4 portraits
Born the son of a poor Parsi priest, Naoroji was educated near Bombay at Elphinstone College where he eventually became the first Indian professor and an active participant in reform societies. In 1855, he came to London to open a branch of the firm of Cama & Co., of which he was a partner, and combined commerce, politics and teaching. Commuting in the following decades between India and Britain, he campaigned to open the Indian Civil Service to Indians and on what he saw was the drain of Indian financial resources caused by British rule. He was one of the founders of the Indian National Congress in 1885 and served as a British MP from 1892 until 1895.

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Debate on the Indian Council Cotton Duties, by Sydney Prior Hall - NPG 2307

Debate on the Indian Council Cotton Duties

by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, published in The Graphic 2 March 1895
NPG 2307

Dadabhai Naoroji, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  W.H. Allen & Co - NPG Ax28706

Dadabhai Naoroji

by Lock & Whitfield, published by W.H. Allen & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG Ax28706

Dadabhai Naoroji, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by  Messrs R.M. Richardson & Co - NPG x128698

Dadabhai Naoroji

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by Messrs R.M. Richardson & Co
sepia-toned carbon print cabinet card, circa 1892
NPG x128698

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