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ZOFFANY, Johann.

Colonel Mordaunt's Cock Match.

At Lucknow in the Province of Oude in the Year 1786, at which were present several High and Distinguished Personages.

Stock Code
104699
London, R. Sayer, No. 53, Fleet Street, 1792
£3,750

The contest is between the game-cocks of Colonel Mordaunt and the Nawab Wazir of Oudh, Asafud-dauba, who are seen facing each other with outstretched arms.

The court of Lucknow, renowned for many extravagances, was especially celebrated for the sports of hunting and cock-fighting, in which the Nawab delighted. Mordaunt was a keen cock-fighter and had brought out from England game-cocks which he was confidant would defeat the native-bred cocks (Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany 1733-1810, Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, 1976, cat. no.104).

Notable spectators include General Martin, Mr Wheeler, John Wombwell, Ozias Humphry, and Zoffany himself.

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Description

Mezzotint 547 x 704 mm., engraved by Richard Earlom, short tears expertly repaired.
Framed and glazed, overall size: 79 cm by 64 cm by 4.5 cm.

Bibliography

Snelgrove/ Mellon 4, p.212 (2), plate 108; Siltzer, p.357.

Stock ID:104699

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