"The Feat of Cossack Kryuchkov", stone lithograph, 1914.
Handsome Lubok print features the heroism of Kuzma
Kryuchkov, the most famous Cossack in World War One and the
man who won the first St. George Cross of the war.
Smaller size: measures 14 ¼ x 10 ½. Marked at the bottom
with the particulars of the Sharapova lithography firm,
complete with the company's telephone number.
Very good to excellent condition. Vibrant colors. Only one
tiny tear on the left hand margin and it has been dealt with
by the application acid-free paper tape. With the exception
of the fact that this print now curls because it has been
stored rolled for many years, it looks precisely the way
that it did when it was purchased, most likely in the fall
or winter of 1914.
Kryuchkov, an almost stereotypical Don Cossack cavalryman
from the town of Kalmykov in the district of Ust-Khopersk,
was the first Russian hero of the Great War. He and only two
comrades impetuously took on a patrol of twenty-seven German
cavalrymen in August of 1914 and soundly defeated it. His
image was seen everywhere in the Russian Empire for months
The smaller size of this print makes it an excellent
candidate for framing -particularly if you already have
framed medals or other war memorabilia displayed on the
walls of your study. It would balance nicely between two
crossed swords or even a sword that is crossed over its own