Colonel Mordaunt's Cock Match by Johann Zoffany

One of the most striking conversation pieces of the eighteenth century, and quite unlike any produced in England.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
106 x 150 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £434,292; Tax remission; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1994
Vendor:
Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox

It reveals a great deal to us about the Anglo-Indian relationship in the heyday of the East India Company. The picture represents the Nawab of Oudh and a group of European adventurers who were freeloading at his court at Lucknow. Many of the Europeans at that time led half-Indian and half-European lives and most had Indian wives. Equally, Indians themselves were attracted by European life and arts. At this brilliant and dissipated court Europeans and Indians mingled on far more equal terms than in Calcutta.

Provenance

Commissioned by Warren Hastings, sold Fairbrother, 26/9/1853; Colonel Dawkins; Christie's 9/3/1898; Agnew; Marquis of Tweedale, sold Sotheby's 30/6/26; Sir George Sunderland, by descent, offered Christie's, 10/4/92; bought in (with Hazlitt,

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