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Richard Earlom, 1743–1822
after Johan Joseph Zoffany, 1733–1810
Published by Robert Sayer, 1725–1794

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), 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"

Collector's mark, verso: Paul Mellon

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:
Humphry, Ozias (1742–1810), miniature and portrait painter
Colonel Mordaunt (fl. 1786)
Asaf-ud-Daulah (1748–1797), nawab wazir of Oudh
Zoffany, Johan Joseph (1733–1810), portrait painter
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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] [Exhibition Description]

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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