Colonel Mordaunt´s Cock Match

Johan Zoffany (Frankfurt am Main 1733-1810 London)

Oil on paper laid on canvas 54 x 69.8 cm (24.3 x 27.5 in.) Painted circa 1790 for Richard Earlom´s mezzotint, published May 4, 1792

In 1789 Zoffany returned to London from a six-year stay in India which had resulted in some of the most stunning and original works of his career. Without doubt the most important picture he produced there was ´Colonel Mordaunt´s Cock Match´. This masterpiece of eighteenth-century painting had been commissioned by Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal. This recently re-identified replica of the large painting, now in Tate Britain, was painted soon after his return to London to enable Richard Earlom to make his celebrated mezzotint, which is on exactly the same scale as the present work. This newly discovered picture displays all the characteristic handling of paint that one sees in Zoffany´s larger paintings and includes his own portrait amongst the spectators. It is a hugely important addition to Zoffany´s known works.

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The Cathcart family, to 1982; private collection, UK; Lowell Libson Ltd

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