REYNOLDS, Sir Joshua
(b. 1723, Plympton Earl, d. 1792, London)

George Clive and his Family with an Indian Maid

Oil on canvas, 140 x 171 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Prosperity permeates this group portrait by Reynolds. Lord George Clive was cousin of Robert Clive, founder of the empire of British India, and made his fortune at that land. Most beautifully painted is the centrally placed Indian nurse, who, kneeling, supports the little girl in Indian courtly attire. Clearly the painter found the Indian's depiction his greatest pleasure.

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