Statues above the Gurkha Stairs, Indian Office, Whitehall. Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (another view) . From left to right: Sir Eyre Coote (Thomas Banks, 1788); the Marquis Cornwallis (John Bacon, 1793), Richard, Marquis Wellesley (Henry Weekes, 1845) and the Duke of Wellington (Matthew Noble, 1855).

Coote (1726-83) fought under Clive, became Commander -in-Chief of the Bengal Army, and led the army under Warren Hastings, dying out in Madras. The Marquis Cornwallis was a later Governor-General and Commander of the army in Bengal, 1786-93, defeating Tipu Sahib in Mysore at the Battle of Arikera in 1791. Marquis Wellesley (1760-1842) was the Duke of Wellington's elder brother, and Governor-General of Bengal, 1797-1805. Wellesley retaliated against Tipu Sahib "by taking control of Mysore, the Carnatic, Hyderabad, and Oudh, bringing native princes under British influence" (Cannon 667). The Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) first "established his military reputation by winning the spectacular victories of Assaye and Argaum over the Maharattas in 1803" (Cannon 667).

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Cannon, John, ed. The Oxford Dictionary of British History. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001.

Dixon, Roger, and Stefan Muthesius. Victorian Architecture. London: Thames and Hudsonm, 1978.pp, 160-63.

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