An important portrait of Mordaunt Ricketts, resident at Lucknow 1822-30

ROBERT HOME (1752-1834)

An important portrait of Mordaunt Ricketts, resident at Lucknow 1822-30

c. 1820 India

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wearing a jewelled miniature of Ghazi-Ud-Din Haidar, King of Oudh (1819-1827)

Born in London 5 June 1786, Ricketts was employed with the Bengal Civil Service from 1802 to 1830. He rose through a succession of minor appointments in Calcutta and Bengal to become Deputy Collector at Furruckabad (1811-13), Collector at Shahjahanpur (1813-16), and Collector at Gorrackpur (1816-18). He then moved into the Political Service and was Agent to the Governor-General at Murshidabad (1818-19), Agent to the Governor-General, Bundelkand (1819-22), and then Resident at Lucknow from 7 December 1822 until he took retirement, under something of a cloud owing to exceeding his authority on financial matters, on 1 May 1830.

Ricketts was resident at the Court of Oudh at the time when there were negotiations with Kind George III to create the Nawab, King of Oudh. Ghazi-ud-din Haidau, the King of Oudh in 1819 honoured his guests and members of the court by presenting them with a portrait of himself. Ricketts is depicted with such a gift. Home had been asked by Colonel John Baillie to become Court Painter in 1814. In 1819 he was commissioned to design the King's crown and regalia. The crown shown in the King's head in the decoration was one designed by Home himself. For a similar sovereign decoration worn by Sir Edward Paget in Home's portrait, see Mildred Archer, India and British Portraiture 1770-1825, London, 1979, p. 329, pl 321. Both Home and Ricketts are recorded in the East India Register and Directory as being member of the Asiatic Society.

He married twice, firstly Maria Elizabeth Crommelin on 5 July 1811 at Kedgeree, and then Charlotte Elizabeth Ravenscroft on 1 November 1824 at Lucknow.
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Height 8.30 cm (3.27 inches)
Diameter 8.30 (3.27 inches)
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