20 December 1853
The end of Second Anglo-Burmese War
On 20 December 1853 the British East India Company defeated the forces of the king of Burma and annexed Rangoon and Lower Burma to their Indian empire. Whereas one could argue that both sides were to blame for the start of the First Anglo-Burmese War, this second war was a fairly straight forward case of imperial aggression. It was the first campaign of Garnet Wolseley (later Field Marshall Viscount Wolseley) who would go on to distinguish himself in battlefields from India to Canada, Africa and Egypt. This is a watercolour portrait of the Myoza of Dabayin (Maung Gyi), commander of Burmese forces and the son of Thado Maha Bandula.