This original ballpoint pen portrait, drawn on a map of India (1883), is part of my ‘Pioneers’ series commissioned by Facebook for reproduction in their new London headquarters.
Throughout British history, the contributions and sacrifices made by pioneering minority Britons have been largely relegated to obscurity. I look to pay homage to such figures that rose above adversity and created significant change still emanating within modern British society. This series includes Dame Jocelyn Barrow, Fou Ts’ong, Dadabhai Naoroji and Leonora Carrington.
Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) was the first Asian heritage Member of Parliament. He represented Finsbury Central between 1892 - 1895. Whilst in Parliament, he campaigned against colonialism, and in favour of education and workers' rights.Was a founding member of the East India Association and London Indian Society, and became vocal in promoting Indian rights in regard to the ICS and trade.
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