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Dadabhai Naoroji

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

Sitter in 4 portraits
Naoroji was educated at Elphinstone College, Bombay, where he later became the first Indian professor and an active participant in reform societies. In 1855 he came to London and opened a branch of the law firm Cama & Co., of which he was a partner. He combined his job with teaching as Professor of Gujarati at University College, London (1856-65). Commuting regularly between India and Britain, he campaigned to open the Indian Civil Service to Indians and highlighted what he saw as the drain of Indian financial resources caused by British rule. He was a founder of the Indian National Congress and the London Zoroastrian Association, and was the first Asian to become a British MP, representing Finsbury from 1892 to 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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