Bri­tish par­lia­ment to re­view well-known paint­ing

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTWORLD -

LON­DON:A mu­ral paint­ing in the UK par­lia­ment de­pict­ing a defin­ing mo­ment in early 17th cen­tury lay­ing the foun­da­tion of Bri­tish in­flu­ence in In­dia is be­ing re­viewed for its con­tem­po­rary rel­e­vance in the con­text of the world­wide cam­paign against colo­nial legacy.

The paint­ing by Wil­liam Rothen­stein, un­veiled in 1927, is one of eight de­pict­ing key his­tor­i­cal events as part of “The Build­ing of Bri­tain” se­ries in St Stephen’s Hall in the par­lia­ment.

The paint­ing de­picts the first Bri­tish diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Thomas Roe, in the court of Mughal em­peror Ja­hangir in Ajmer in 1616.

The re­view fol­lows de­mands as part of the Black Lives Mat­ter cam­paign to re­move stat­ues and sym­bols with links to racism and slav­ery from pub­lic places.

A par­lia­ment spokesper­son said, “The in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the art­works is con­stantly un­der re­view and we will look at ways to con­tex­tu­alise the lives of those de­picted.”

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Wil­liam Rothen­stein’s paint­ing in the UK par­lia­ment.

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