This small oil by Stothard shows the roundhouse - the passenger saloon under the poop - of the outward-bound East Indiaman 'Halsewell' in the early hours of 6 January 1786, after a storm drove her ashore at 2 a.m. across…
- NMMExhibitions's collections
- The maritime world of Asia
- Spices: trading for spices in Asia
- Textiles: supplying cloth to the world
- Tea: breaking into the tea trade
- The Company in crisis
- The Bombardment of Algiers, 1816
- Christmas collections
- Re·Think: Environment
- Map of the Moon by Hugh Percy Wilkins
Textiles: supplying cloth to the world
The East India Company could not compete successfully for
spices with its larger and more powerful Dutch rival.
Instead, it bought high-quality cotton and silk from
India, trading with local merchants and making deals
with Indian rulers.
The Company came to dominate the global textile
trade in the 1700s. It made huge profits from this
lucrative enterprise, transforming the nature and
impact of its business, both in Britain and in India.
Find out more about the Traders gallery