PORTRAIT OF MATVEI. I. PLATOV (1751-1818), ATAMAN OF THE DON COSSACKS

Attributed to Thomas Phillips

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The reverse stamped G. Harris No. 31 Shoe Lane, London, oil on copper, unframed. Platov wears the bluejacket of the Don Cossacks. Under his left arm is the red cap with fur trimmings and handsome badge of oriental design which was awarded to him after the battle at Ganai in October 1813. He wears on his breast the Orders of Saints Andrew, George and Vladimir, the blue ribbon of Saint Andrew traversing a Maltese Order. The portrait set with diamonds is of the Prince Regent who met Platov at the time of his visit to London in June 1814. Due to the influence of English admirers, his famous whiskers, of which Cossacks were inordinately proud, have here been shorn. Another version of this painting is destined to be exhibited in the forthcoming exhibition devoted to the war of 1812, shortly to be opened in the Kazan Cathedral. There is a portrait of Platov by Phillips in the Hermitage. See V.N. Glinka, Russian Military Uniforms, Leningrad 1988, plate 43.