Cossack sports, or, The Platoff hunt in full cry after French game [graphic] / Wm. E.

Pubd. Novr. 9th 1813 by Thos. Tegg, No. 111 Cheapside
[9 November 1813]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 24.2 x 34.4 cm, on sheet 26.1 x 37.1 cm
Title etched below image.
Plate numbered '218' in upper right corner.
"Price one shilling coloured."--Following imprint statement.
Bloomsbury, 25 June 2015, Sale 36176, Lot 81, Jarndyce for LWL with two other prints; July 2015.
A satire on Napoleon's Russian campaign. "Cossacks, led by Platoff, pursue, across a river, a fox with the head and huge bicorne of Napoleon. The Russians ride their horses through the water. The fox, larger in scale than the other figures, takes a flying leap to the shore (right). He says: "Hark, I hear the Cry of Cossacks. The [sic] have got Scent of me -I must take to my heels once more, the are close to my Brush." His tail is inscribed 'Corsican Fox'. Across the lower edge of the design runs a strip of land on which are frogs; one, inscribed 'French Frog', waddles off, while one on the extreme left is being speared. Of the other frogs a few turn to oppose the Cossacks with bayonets; these have a tricolour flag; the majority are escaping to the right, a row of heads and sloped bayonets, with one eagle. Platoff, whose high fur cap has a long plume inscribed 'Platoff', riding with levelled spear, shouts: "Hark forward my boys get along! he runs in view. Yoics. Yoics. There he goes, Tally-ho!" His daughter, in the middle distance, rides through the water, pointing with the hand that holds the reins, and raising a whip; she shouts: "Hi, ho, Tally, ho! For a husband." Cossacks gallop up from the background (left), leap from a low cliff into the river, and swim through it, one carrying a standard with the Russian eagle, behind the two Platoffs. In the background is a town flying a flag inscribed 'Leapsic'; tiny horsemen, evidently Cossacks, gallop out of the city gate."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
Platoff hunt in full cry after French game
Associated Names:
Elmes, William, active 1797-1814 [Printmaker]
Tegg, Thomas, 1776-1845 [Publisher]
Cossacks depitcted
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Russia
Platov, Matvei╠ć Ivanovich, graf, 1751-1818
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1798
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1807
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1798
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
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Source Title:
Caricature magazine, or, Hudibrastic mirror
Call Number:
813.11.09.01 Impression 2
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
Digital version