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. For the Names see the Index Plate.
Published 1st May 1792, by Robert Sayer, Fleet Street, London.
Coloured mezzotint. 520 x 665mm (20½ x 26¼"). Paper tone; unexamined out of frame.
Large mezzotint of Johan Zoffany's famous painting depicting a cock match between Asad-uf-daula, Nawab Wazir of Oudh, and Colonel John Mordaunt (both stood in the centre gesturing to one another). Zoffany's painting was commissioned by Warren Hastings, 1st Governor-General of Bengal in 1784 and dispatched to him in England in 1788. Asaf's court at Lucknow was extravagant, and this scene portrays several key figures of the court: Asaf's Swiss engineer Colonel Antoine Polier, the East India Company's Lucknow paymaster John Wombwell, the notorious French adventurer Claud Martin, and Zoffany himself alongside fellow artist Ozias Humphrey. After falling from favour in England, Zoffany moved to India and this picture demonstrates how he turned modified the style of 'conversation piece' with which he made his name, to his new surroundings.
[Ref: 25081] £3,250.00