theory is that he might be Sake Dean Mahomed, the Bengali adopted son
of an Anglo-Irish officer Baker whom he moved to Ireland with in 1784.
these dates don’t match, unless he was visiting a few years earlier. Of
course it is perfectly possible that the man in the picture is a
completely different man. Being part of the British Empire at the time
Ireland would have been the home of more than one POC.
Either way I searched the site and couldn’t find anything on Sake Dean
Mahomed, who is worthy of note anyway, having brought shampoo to Europe
and opening the first Indian Restaurant in England. His grandson
Frederick Akbar Mahomed is also note worthy as he was a famous doctor
who helped refine the understanding of hypertension in the late 1800s.
Now, whether or not the man in the first painting is the same as in the second one? Suuuper debatable. I did look into it, and I’d say there might be officially no way to know. The possibility of just some random guy being there is not without appeal, in my humble opinion. Not every historic person of color is going to be notable for some inspiring or exceptional reason.
We were just there. No reason. No “justification” for our presence necessary.
The Gintama crew dresses up and gets exactly what they want in this Christmas poster from the December issue of Animedia Magazine (Amazon US | eBay), newly illustrated by animation director Yumi Nakamura (中村ユミ)