The Captain of the Guard, Count Kutasoff Hedzoff

W. M. Thackeray


Wood engraving, probably by William Linton

8.1 cm high by 3.4 cm wide (3 ¼ by 1 ⅜ inches), vignetted

Fourteenth illustration for Thackeray’s The Rose and The Ring, p. 318.

Thackeray in introducing the romance between Princess Angelica and her cousin, Prince Giglio, feels compelled to show that the Prince was ill-equipped to be a ruler. Thackeray has used the distinctive bearskin hat and regimental insignia of the British Grenadiers. Descriptive headlines: "Shows How Giglio Evinces Idle Tastes Like Other Princes" (316-17).

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