Clive at Plassey, 1757

William Heath

 
Clive at Plassey, 1757
4 0 c m
 
37cm
actual image size: 29cm x 32cm

Clive at Plassey, 1757.

Watercolour and ink by William Heath, 1821 (c).

On 23 June 1757 the Nawab of Bengal's army confronted the East India Company's near the small village of Plassey (Palashi) about 100 miles north of Calcutta. The Nawab commanded 50,000 men, including artillery and artillery officers loaned by the French. The Company's army was about 3,000 strong, including 800 Indian troops. It was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Clive. Formerly a writer (clerk), Clive had switched to the Company's military service and his tactical flair and personal bravery had earned him rapid promotion and a great personal fortune. Siraj-Ud-Daulah, Nawab of Bengal had known that the East India Company wanted him removed for some time. A year before, when the Company refused to halt military preparations at its stronghold of Fort William in Calcutta, the Nawab attacked and captured the fort.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
8319
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1968-06-269-1

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