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Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive (1725-1774), Governor of Bengal

Sitter in 9 portraits
Military commander and governor of India. Clive, who had earned his reputation as an officer in India, was placed in charge of Fort St. David, the day before the disastrous 'Black Hole' of Calcutta incident in 1756. He defeated the Nawab of Bengal at the Battle of Plassey, 1757 and by 1760 he had overcome the French and Dutch threat to the East India Company. As Governor of Bengal 1765-6, he curbed corruption and private profit among the company's employees.

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5263

Robert Clive and Mir Jafar after the Battle of Plassey, 1757

by Francis Hayman
oil on canvas, circa 1760
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5263

1688

Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive

by John van Nost the Younger, and 'C.G.'
silver medal, 1766
NPG 1688

39

Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive

studio of Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1773 or later
NPG 39

D33528

Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive

by James Macardell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, 1762-1764
NPG D33528

D42733

Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
stipple engraving, 1788
NPG D42733

D33530

Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive

after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
stipple engraving, 19th century
NPG D33530

D33529

Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive

by W.T. Mote, after Miss Jane Drummond, after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
stipple engraving, published 1833
NPG D33529

D23074

Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive

by William Derby, after Miss Jane Drummond, after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
pencil, circa 1835-1842
NPG D23074

D33527

Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive

by James Scott, after James Macardell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1871 (1762-1764)
NPG D33527