Baron Munchausen riding half a horse, 1811.
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'Presented with a famous horse by Count Pzzobosky, with which he performs many extraodinary [sic] feats'; engraving by Thomas Rowlandson. Munchausen's horse has been cut in two, the rear end having apparently run off to a meadow. 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.