East India Company in the Arts

The extended East India House in c.1800, painted by Thomas Malton. Seen here on our Director’s Blend Tea Caddy:


The London Tea Auction was a grand tradition that lasted 300 years. The first auctions were held by The East India Company, at East India House on Leadenhall Street.

The best teas were kept for the company’s Directors and shareholders.

Charles II’s cavalcade through the City of London, 22 April 1661 by Dirck Stoop. Seen here on our Royal Breakfast Tea Caddy:


This painting by is the Flemish artist, Dirck Stoop,(c.1616-86) and shows Charles II’s entry into the City of London on 22 April 1661, the day before his Coronation.

It was customary for the East India Company to bring gifts on returning ships for the Sovereign. In 1664, the Company was distressed to find that no provision of a gift for King Charles II had been made. Accordingly, two pounds of tea found on board were presented to the King.