Major General Charles Stuart (Biographical details)

Major General Charles Stuart (military/naval; collector; British; Male; 1757/58 - 1828; death (1st April))

Also known as

Stuart, Charles


Living in India from about 1777 to his death in 1828, Stuart was a collector of Indian sculpture principally from Bihar, Bengal, Orissa and Central India. He opened the collections in his house in Wood Street, Calcutta, to the public. It contained weaponry, costume, prints, natural history specimens and a library. He is buried in the South Park Street Cemetery, Calcutta. He was a student of Indian culture and a vocal champion of Indian values during the pamphlet controversy of the early nineteenth century from which he acquired the name 'Hindoo Stuart'. His collection was sold at auction in London in 1829 and 1830, mostly bought by John Bridge. The Bridge collection was acquired by the British Museum from Bridge's heirs in 1872.


See M. Willis, 'Sculpture of India' in A W Franks, edited by M. Caygill and J. Cherry (London, 1997): 250-61.