I was revisiting some old emails and got stuck on one enquiry by one of Jinnah’s fan. He asked me about Jinnah’s portrait by Hal Bevan Petman five years ago. At that time I tried my connection to dig about this enquiry but no luck and now when I tried again to find through my online search skills, I got lucky. Let me give you brief about the artist of this significant portrait.
Henry Charles ‘Hal’ Bevan-Petman, a British painter born in England on 28 October 1894. Hal Bevan-Petman stayed in British India during the Partition of India and chose to reside in Pakistan.
During his time in Pakistan he painted practically every notable personality and/or their spouses, ranging from Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, various subsequent Presidents and Military Commanders. He was commissioned to paint military battle scenes which adorn the walls of various Pakistani Military Academic Institutions. He also painted several war heroes who were decorated posthumously with the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan’s highest military award. One of the most celebrated amongst them is Major Raja Aziz Bhatti. He has also painted Field Marshal Ayub Khan and General Yahya Khan.
He died on 9 May 1980 and is buried in the Rawalpindi Christian Cemetery.