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Robert Clive, Mir Muhammad Dja'far Khan and his son Mir Miran (Sadiq Ali Khan Bahadur), with a number of British and Mughal attendants, after the Battle of Plassey, 1757

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Robert Clive, Mir Muhammad Dja'far Khan and his son Mir Miran (Sadiq Ali Khan Bahadur), with a number of British and Mughal attendants, after the Battle of Plassey, 1757

by Francis Hayman
oil on canvas, circa 1760
39 1/2 in. x 50 in. (1003 mm x 1270 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1979
Primary Collection
NPG 5263

On display in Room 10 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • Francis Hayman (circa 1707-1776), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 15 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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This is a preliminary design for a much larger painting, now lost, which was one of the patriotic history paintings placed on display at Vauxhall Gardens in 1762 during the seven years' war with France. It was made by Francis Hayman and recreates the meeting between Robert Clive and Mir Jafar. Robert Clive's victory at Plassey in 1757 was decisive in establishing British rule in Bengal and confirmed his own reputation as a great military leader. Mir Jafar, one of the defeated Nawab's generals, allied his troops to Clive and was appointed Nawab of Bengal in return for his support. Although one of the first artists to exploit Anglo-Indian subject matter, Hayman never visited the country and this may account for his awkward rendering of the elephant.

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  • Place portrayed: India (Palashi, Bengal)

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Current affairs

Death of George II on 25 October at the age of 76. George III succeeds to the throne at the age of 22.

Art and science

German artist Johan Zoffany arrives in England, where he is instrumental in reviving the 'conversation piece' genre of painting.
First public exhibition of paintings in England is held at the Society of Arts' Great Room in the Strand, London.
The Public Ledger is founded; the oldest British periodical with continuous daily publication.


International

Seven Years' War: At the Battle of Carrickfergus in Ireland, a force of French troops captures the town of Carrickfergus before retiring.
Surrender of Montreal to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst signals the virtual loss of Canada by the French. British troops oust the Nawab of Bengal Mir Jafar and replace him with Mir Quasim.
Former Chief Tacky leads an unsuccessful slave rebellion in Jamaica, which aims to overthrow British rule.

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