3 of 9 portraits of Robert Clive
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studio of Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
oil on canvas, circa 1773 or after
50 1/4 in. x 40 1/4 in. (1276 mm x 1022 mm)
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- Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive (1725-1774), Governor of Bengal. Sitter in 9 portraits.
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- Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt) (1735-1811), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 62 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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The prototype of this popular portrait by Dance is presumably the full-length in the collection at Powis Castle. The portrait shows Clive in uniform with the ribbon and star of the order of the Bath, with a battle scene in the background. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
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