Point of Interest

Robert Clive Memorial

England / Europe

A monument in tribute to Clive of India (1725 – 1774), sculpted by John Tweed and erected in 1916. Robert Clive was famous for his administrative achievements and paving the way for British Empire control in India. At the age of 18 Clive was sent to Madras (now Chennai) as a writer for the British East India Trading Company where he joined the company’s military service just one year later in 1744. It was in battle that Clive really excelled.On the South face of the statue is a bronze relief depicting Clive’s capture of Arcot in 1751, the North facing bronze relief showing Clive in the Mango Tope on the eve of Plassey and the Eastern facing plinth pf Clive receiving the Grant of Bengal, Behal and Orissa at Allahabad in 1765. Clive of India was successful in keeping the French at bay with his use of guerrilla tactics. However his talents also lay in the administration of India, with Clive appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bengal (now west Bengal and Bangladesh) in order to; establish an external policy which would balance the relationship between the East India Trading Company and India, negotiating British settlement of Bengal and Bihar and reducing levels of corruption within the Company. Clive was 49 when he committed suicide. 

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