Baron Munchausen shooting his horse down from a church steeple, 1811.
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'The Baron proves himself a good shot'; engraving by Thomas Rowlandson showing the baron shooting at his horse's bridle to release it from the steeple. The previous night, during in a snow storm, he had tethered it to what he thought was a stake, but when the deep snow melted, the horse was left dangling. Illustration from 'Surprising adventures of the renowned Baron Munchausen, containing singular travels, campaigns, voyages, and adventures', published in London in 1811. The book was based on the stories of Karl Friedrich Hieronymous von Munchausen (1720-1797) a cavalry captain with a Rusian regiment who served in two Turkish wars. He was known as a teller of tall tales about travel, war, and hunting adventures.