Lot 185
  • 185

Zichy, Mihály.

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • Barsova kozha [The Knight in the Panther's Skin]. Tiflis, 7 February 1882
  • Paper
4to booklet (270 x 215mm.), signed and dated by Zichy on title-page, containing a manuscript list of characters (in French and Russian), 7pp. of watercolour costume drawings, 3pp. of manuscript scene directions, 11pp. of watercolour scene drawings with manuscript lists of characters for each scene underneath, in cloth and paper wrapper, some pages frayed or torn (without loss but affecting images)

together with 11 sheets of costume sketches and drawings (each 210 x 260mm.), containing various costumes or details of costumes and scenery, in pencil and watercolour, mounted

Catalogue Note

The Knight in the Panther's Skin is a twelfth-century Georgian heroic epic poem by Shota Rustaveli, considered the national poet of Georgia.

Zichy worked and taught in Russia at this period, when Georgia was part of the Russian Empire; in 1881-1882 he travelled through the Caucasus on his way back to St Petersburg from Paris. He also composed book illustrations for The Knight in the Panther's Skin and produced a painting of the author presenting his work to Queen Tamar. Zichy was honoured with a statue in Tblisi in recognition of his illustrations of the Georgian national epic.