Sir Hector Munro
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Sir Hector Munro
attributed to David Martin
oil on canvas, 1785
49 in. x 38 in. (1245 mm x 965 mm)
Artistback to top
- David Martin (1737-1797), Portrait painter and engraver. Artist associated with 17 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait was painted in 1785 after Munro had returned to Britain. With palm tree and Asian attendant, the artist has attempted to create an exotic Indian setting. On the canon, a faint inscription - G.R.III/ [B]UXAR./ PONTDECHEREY - recalls Munro's loyal service to George III and his victories at Buxar, 1764 and Pondicherry, 1778.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 354
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 448
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1785back to top
Current affairsGeorge Prince of Wales secretly marries his mistress Maria Fitzherbert in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.
Prime Minister William Pitt introduces a bill proposing parliamentary reform and the abolition of 'rotten boroughs' but is defeated.
Art and scienceWilliam Cowper publishes his best -known poem The Task.
James Boswell publishes The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, narrating his travels with the late writer Samuel Johnson.
Physician and naturalist James Hutton presents his studies of local rocks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, launching the era of scientific geology.
InternationalWarren Hastings resigns as Governor-General of Bengal and returns to England. His trial begins on charges of corruption in the administration of India.
French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon crosses the Atlantic to sculpt a statue of George Washington.
British government establishes a permanent land force in the Eastern Caribbean, based in Barbados.