Repro ID: BHC2866
Title: The Money brothers.
Description: This painting is a group portrait of three sons of William Money, a Director of the East India Company. The central figure, William Taylor, is shown three-quarter length slightly to right looking towards the viewer. He wears the uniform of a Lieutenant of the East India Company. He was the eldest son, and had his first East India Commission in the 'Rose' in 1786. He became Commander in 1793 of the 'General Goddard' and later commanded the 'Walthamstow'. On his retirement from the sea, he became a marine superintendent at Bombay. From 1811, he was a Director of the Company, an elder brother of Trinity House and an MP. He died as Consul General at Venice in 1834. His right arm rests on the shoulder of his brother, Robert, who stands to the left, shown half-length to right wearing a red coat. He is in profile looking at his eldest brother and pointing with his right hand to a map of China at the place marked Canton. James, the right hand figure, holds the other end of the map with his right forefinger placed on Calcutta. He wears a brown coat, a white waistcoat and yellow breeches. Through a window behind him the East Indiaman 'Rose' is shown at anchor. James and Robert both spent their lives in the civil branch of the Company's service, with Robert serving in China. The appearance of the sitters implies that the portrait was begun in 1788 and indeed the youngest Richard points to China, where William Taylor went on a voyage during 1786-88. William Taylor sat for the artist in 1788 and 1790-91. James points to the Bay of Bengal, which may signify he accompanied his elder brother on the 1788-90 voyage at the start of his service with the Company.
Creator: J. F. Rigaud
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London