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Richard Earlom, 1743–1822, British
after Johan Joseph Zoffany RA, 1733–1810, German, active in Britain (from 1760)
Published by Robert Sayer, 1725–1794, British

Colonel Mordaunt's Cock Match at Lucknow

Mezzotint on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 21 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches (54 x 69.9 cm), Plate: 20 7/8 x 27 inches (53 x 68.6 cm), and Image: 18 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches (47 x 66.7 cm)

Inscribed on verso in graphite, lower center: "X"; lower right: "2"

Paul Mellon collector's mark

Lettered below image, lower left: "J Zoffany pinxit"; lower center: "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 | Published 17th. May 1792, by ROBERT SAYER, Fleet Street, London"; lower right: "For the Names see the Index Plate | R. Earlom Sculpt. Londini."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
canopy | chairs | cock-fighting | costume | elephant (animal) | entertainment | event | fighting | gamecocks | historical subject | hookah | men | racket | recreation | roosters | sandals | sitars | sofas | spear | sporting art | tennis | tents | turbans | women
Associated Places:
Asia | India | Lucknow | Uttar Pradesh
Associated People:
Zoffany, Johan Joseph (1733–1810), portrait painter
Humphry, Ozias (1742–1810), miniature and portrait painter
Colonel Mordaunt (fl. 1786)
Asaf-ud-Daulah (1748–1797), nawab wazir of Oudh
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IIIF Manifest:

The Romantic Print in the Age of Revolutions: Hero, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (Yale Center for British Art, 2003-01-23 - 2003-06-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Mildred Archer, India and British Portraiture, 1770-1825, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 1979, pp. 153-4, 497, fig. 94, ND 1327 I44 A72 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Charles Greig, Zoffany in Eighteenth Century India, Transactions of the Romney Society, vol. 16, 2011, pp. 36, 37, NJ18 R65 T7 2011 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Chaloner Smith, British mezzotinto portraits, being a descriptive catalogue of these engravings from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century : arranged according to the engravers, the inscriptions given at full length, and the variations of state precisely set forth : acc , Martino Pub., Mansfield Centre, CT, 2004, v. 1, pp. 253-54, Earlom no. 29, NE1816.G7 S58 2004 [ORBIS]

Dudley Snelgrove, British Sporting and Animal Prints 1658-1874: A Catalogue, The Paul Mellon Collection , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1981, NE960.3 G7 B75 + Oversize (Mellon Shelf) (YCBA) [YCBA]

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