On the 27 July 1780 the painter Thomas Hickey, from Bachelor’s Walk in Dublin, set sail to India from London. Two weeks later his ship was captured and after a short imprisonment, Hickey was released in Cadiz. From there, he travelled to Portugal and proceeded to work in Lisbon for the next three years. Somewhat belatedly then, he eventually arrived in Bengal in March 1784. Hickey remained in India, on and off, for the next forty years and became one of its most prolific chroniclers during a turbulent moment in the nation’s history. He painted portraits of Indian rajas and princesses, as well as elite British residents and military campaigns.