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- Object: Field Marshall Count Suwarrow-Romniskoy.
Whole length caricature portrait. Suvóroff stands gazing into space with fierce melancholy, right hand on the hilt of a sabre dripping with blood, left hand on his hip. He has Kalmuck features, a bald head with a sabre-cut, moustaches. He wears a fur-bordered tunic and fur-topped boots with heavy spurs; a fur-lined cloak hangs from his shoulders. A miniature is suspended from a button. The smoke from a burning town on the horizon (right) slants across the background. Beneath the title: '"This extraordinary Man is now in the prime of life, - Six Feet, Ten Inches in height; - never \ "tastes either Wine or Spirits; takes but one Meal a day; " & every Morning plunges into an Ice Bath; - \ "his Wardrobe consists of a plain Shirt, a White Waistcoat & Breeches, short Boots, & a Russian Cloak; \ "he wears no covering on his head either by day or night - when tired, he wraps himself up in \ "a Blanket & sleeps in the open air; - he has fought 29 pitched Battles, & been in 75 Engagements" - See Vienna Gazzette.' 23 May 1799
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Height: 350 millimetres
Width: 260 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
The caricature has no resemblance to engraved portraits of Suvóroff, but depicts the villain of Praga: the 'Original Drawing' is clearly fictitious. In appearance he was the opposite of the barbarian war monster of this and other caricatures, being short, stooping, clean-shaven, and wearing small boots without spurs, a green leather cap with cock's feathers. See Sorel, 'L'Europe et la Rév.fr.' v, 1910, pp. 409-10. He was responsible for the sack of Praga in 1794, see BMSat 8607, &c, but has been more blamed for the sack of Ismail, cf. BMSat 9422. For his Italian campaign see BMSat 9408, &c. Cf. BMSat 9415.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 259. Wright and Evans, No. 240. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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