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PETRAUD, Pierre-Mathurin (1808-1880).

Russian Officers and Cossacks at a Military Outpost in the Caucasus.

Stock Code
102124
1850
£19,500

The dramatic landscape of the Caucasus was an amphitheatre for Russian military action for most part of the 19th century. With the assistance of Terek and Kuban Cossacks as represented here, the struggle for domination over the local tribesmen did not end until 1864.

The mountains may be likened to a mighty fortress, marvellously strong by nature, artificially protected by military works, and defended by a numerous garrison. Written by General A. A. Veliaminov in 1828 in a memoir which advocated the use of powerful military force to subdue the tribes of the north Caucasus. The extension of a fortified line farther and farther towards the high peaks, using it as a base for attacks, was essential to Veliaminov's strategy of conquest.

'The line', as it was often simply called, began in the mid-eighteenth century as a defensive string of forts, Cossack villages, and observation towers. There were even concealed outposts

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Oil on canvas. Framed (105.5 x 82 cm).

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