About this artwork

Sir Thomas Strange was a successful colonial judge and administrator. He was appointed Chief Justice of Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1789 - this portrait is a version of a full-length painted for the town hall of Halifax. In 1798 Strange was given the arduous appointment of Recorder and President of the Court at Madras, a city where the administration of justice was notoriously corrupt. On his return from Madras, Strange travelled around Britain and on the continent and published a series of texts on Hindu law.

  • title:
    Sir Thomas Strange, 1756 - 1841. Chief Justice in Madras
  • accession number:
    PG 1991
  • artist:
    Benjamin WestAmerican (1738 - 1820)
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1799
  • measurements:
    91.40 x 71.10 cm (framed: 103.00 x 92.40 x 7.20 cm)
  • credit line:
    Given by Mrs G. Beck 1962

Benjamin West

Benjamin West