[PLATT, Captain John (1802-57)]
Hog Hunting. The Tired Pig.
London: Published by Messr. Fores, 41 Piccadilly, [circa 1850]. Colour-printed aquatint, finished by hand, by Messrs. Fores. Sheet size: 27 7/8 x 36 1/4 inches.
An extremely rare aquatint depicting hog hunting in India.
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 favorite pastime for sporting Englishmen in the colonies. This superb image depicts 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.
This is one of a series of four large aquatint plates after Captain Platt, all with the general title 'Hog Hunting'. They were also issued separately (as here) and are all extremely rare and not often seen on the market. This is one of the finest images of English sportsmen in India.
"John Platt, b. 1802, son of the Reverend Alexander Platt, 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 [First Opium War] in 1842 and was promoted Lt. Col. in 1853. His record shows him to have been a soldier of action with several decorations. He died on 1st July 1857, tragicallly murdered by mutineers from his own regiment." Snelgrove, British Sporting and Animal Prints.
Snelgrove, p. 130; Silterzer p. 335; Schwerdt III p. 122.