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Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

Matvei Ivanovitch, Count Platov (1757-1818) 1814

Oil on canvas | 270.4 x 179.6 x 3.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405146

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Count Platov was 'Hetman' or General of the Cossacks and distinguished himself against the French during their retreat from Russia in 1812. True to Platov’s reputation, Lawrence portrays him as a wild and enigmatic figure. Characteristic of Lawrence is the sky filled with billowing clouds suggesting the smoke of battle. The city caught in sunlight in the distance could be Paris.