John Platt (1802), was a Captain of the Native Infantry in India at the time he painted this set of Hog Hunting. He served in India from the age of eighteen, took part in the China War in 1842 and was promoted Lt. Col. in 1853. He died on 1st July 1857, tragically murdered by mutineers from his own regiment."
This set of four was published by Messr. Fores, 41 Piccadilly, (1850). Colour-printed aquatint, finished by hand, by Messrs. Fores. During the nineteenth century, field sports, particularly the hunting of wild game, were a common colonial leisure activity in India and Africa. Big-game hunting was considered the most thrilling and dangerous pursuit but hog hunting was also a favourite pastime for sporting Englishmen in the colonies. These superb images depict an exciting hog hunt in India. A group of young Englishmen, all identified by name in the title space, are eagerly involved in chasing a wild boar across a grassy plain.
They are extremely rare and not often seen on the market. These are some of the finest images of English sportsmen in India.
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