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Asaf al-Daula (Nawab of Oudh) at a cock-fight with Europeans.

Asaf al-Daula (Nawab of Oudh) at a cock-fight with Europeans.

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1833

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3118

Item number: 3118

Length: 33.5

Width: 25.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Painting of Asaf al-Daula (the Nawab of Awadh 1775-97) at a cock-fight, by a Lucknow artist, c. 1830-35.

The Nawab crouches beside an English officer, both are watching a cock-fight. Three other European officers stand behind the pair with a number of Indian gentlemen. A servant holds a blue umbrella over the Nawab. A yellow canopy stretches over the group and there are baskets for the cocks to left and right. This painting most likely depicts the famous cockfight between Asaf al-Daula and Colonel Mordaunt which took place at Lucknow in 1786.

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