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A Bashi-Bazouk
  • Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863)
  • A Bashi-Bazouk
  • France
  • 1860
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 55.5 x 46.7 cm
  • Signature: 'H Vernet 1860'
  • P593
  • Oriental Armoury
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The Bashi-Bazouks were irregular Turkish mounted troops notorious for their ferocity and ill-discipline. Vernet encountered them when he visited the Crimea (1854-5) at the time of the Crimean War. Their fondness for looting is suggested in this painting by the broken Iznik plate in the right foreground, the open book by a fire on which a coffee pot simmers and the gold coins on a green cloth.