John Bogle (bout 1746-1803)
Portrait of an unknown man
Watercolour on ivory
Signed on the left 'Bogle' and dated '1780'
Museum no. P.83-1910
The sitter has traditionally been called 'The Dutch Governor of Trincomalee'. Trincomalee is in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon. Throughout the 18th century the French, British and Dutch competed for its control.