Richard Earlom (1743-1822) after Zoffany (1733-1810)
aquatint, hand-coloured in watercolour and heightened in white, published 1792, trimmed and mounted, framed and glazed, unexamined out of frame
I.465 x 665mm.
AN ATTRACTIVE COLOURED VERSION OF ZOFFANY'S Colonel Mordaunt's Cock Match, Lucknow and Calcutta, 1784-6, in elaborate gilt gesso frame.
Zoffany went to Calcutta in September 1783 and was rapidly accepted into Society by the wealthy British families there, painting many of their portraits, including that of the Governor-General, Warren Hastings. Hastings himself attended the Cock Match organised in April 1784 by Colonel John Mordaunt, Commander of the Nawab Asaf-ud-daula's Bodyguard, and a favourite at his Court. Cock-fighting was a popular sport in Lucknow and with this scene as his subject, Zoffany was able to show his skill both as a portrait painter and as a recorder of vivid and detailed scenes of Indian life. Zoffany painted two versions of this event, one for the Nawab (now lost) and one for Hastings (referred to as the 'Daylesford version', now in a Private Collection) after which Earlom made his copy. Zoffany had worked on the painting from 1784 to 1786, incorporating his portraits of British officers, the Nawab and his circle, together with well-known figures in Lucknow Society (see key, lot 191A) during this period.