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[Circassian Chiefs] [Tshûrûkh-Okû Tûghûz. Hadji-Okû Mehmet & Vordezav-Okû Zepsh.]
[Circassian Chiefs] [Tshûrûkh-Okû Tûghûz. Hadji-Okû Mehmet & Vordezav-Okû Zepsh.]
W. Warren lith. from a sketch by Ja.s Stanislaus Bell. Day & Haghe to the Queen.
[London: Edward Moxon, 1840.]
Lithograph with hand colour. Sheet 175 x 115mm (7 x 4½"). Trimmed, losing title.
Three Circassians wearing fur hats, from 'Journal of a Residence in Circassia during the years 1837, 1838 and 1839', by James Stanislaus Bell (1796-1858). In 1836 'the 'Vixen', a ship owned by Bell, a Scottish merchant, breached the Russian blockade of Circassia and was seized. Different accounts describe the shipment as either salt or guns. The Vixen incident nearly led to war between Britain and Russia at the time, and certainly contributed to the Crimean War a decade later. The following year Bell travelled to Circassia to try to recoup on his losses. Bell was looked upon as a spy!
Abbey Travel 355.
[Ref: 55610]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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