General Sir Henry Clinton

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Sir Henry Clinton, British officer and diplomat, was born in Newfoundland and educated in Britain.

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Sir Henry Clinton, British officer and diplomat, was born in Newfoundland and educated in Britain. He distinguished himself along with Generals William Howe and John Burgoyne at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, during the American War of Independence.

In 1778, General Clinton was made Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces in North America. In 1780 he successfully captured Charleston and brought about the surrender of 5,000 Americans trapped by his Army. After Lord Cornwallis’s capitulation at Yorktown in 1782, Clinton returned to England. He later became Governor of Gibraltar but died in London in 1795 before taking up his new post.

'The painting has many of the Italianate features that characterised Soldi’s work when he was at his very best.' Richard Wendorf, Director, AMIB

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Dated

From 1760 (circa) to 1770 (circa)

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Materials

» oil paint (paint)
» canvas
» wood (plant material)

Technique

» painting (image-making)
» carving (process)
» gilding (technique)

Production place

» Italy

Dimensions

50x40inch

Object number

1964.70

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