Portrait of Sir Hugh Charles Clifford (1866-1941), Governor of the Straits Settlements 1927-1929

Hugh Clifford was Governor of the Straits Settlements (1927–1929). He joined the Malayan Civil Service in 1883 and was the Resident of Pahang in 1901. He served in Trinidad, Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) and the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana). Clifford also distinguished himself as an author who documented his experiences of living in Malaya. Among his well-known works include “Bushwhacking and other Asiatic Tales and Memories" and "In Court and Kampong,” which are now studied as artefacts of Orientalism. He co-authored a Malay dictionary with Sir Frank Swettenham and translated the penal code into Malay. Clifford Pier (1927–1933), a landing point for early immigrants and now a conserved building, was named in his honour.Anatole Shister was a naturalised British subject of Russian origin, who trained in the Russian Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. In Malaya he gained a reputation for painting portraits of illustrious people. Newspaper accounts record that this painting was bought by the Muslim community and presented to the municipal commissioners.

Artist Name
A Shister
Date/Period
1923
Region
Singapore, England
Dimension
Image size: H:140.0 x W:101.0
Accession No.
HP-0031
Material
Oil on canvas
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Category
Historical Painting