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Les Boxeurs anglais.
Les Boxeurs anglais.
Lith de C.Molle, R.des marais.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Lithograph. Sheet 160 x 190mm, 6¼ x 7½".
A rare boxing print,.with the fighters using rudimentary gloves.
[Ref: 10341]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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[La boxe.]  [Boxing.]
[La boxe.] [Boxing.]
Chaurand [signed in plate lower right.]
[n.d., c.1930.]
Limited edition proof lithograph, numbered 4/24 in pencil lower left. Sheet 450 x 560mm, 17¾ x 22".
A black and a white boxer fighting. From a series of lithographs depicting Olympic sports, 'Les jeux Olympiques', possibly designs for posters, by Jean Raoul Chaurand-Naurac (1878 - 1948).
[Ref: 11358]   £250.00  
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Scènes Anglaises dessinées à Londres, par un français prisonnier de Guerre.
Scènes Anglaises dessinées à Londres, par un français prisonnier de Guerre. Les Boxeurs. [&] Le Boxeur Blesse et ses Parieurs Consternes.
A Paris, chez Martinet Libraire, Rue du Coq St. Honore. [1814.]
Pair of hand coloured etchings, each c.255 x 330mm. 10 x 13".
Interesting scenes of an informal street boxing match, as viewed by a Frenchman in England; in the first plate a crowd of interested onlookers (including a ragged woman, to left) watch two pugilists, stripped to the waist, square off. In the second, one fighter is slumped exhausted on the knee of a supporter; a fat publican pours the contents of a tankard into his mouth. Two deeply dejected men stand by, having presumably lost their bets, and the woman kneels, gazing up at the injured man. Behind (right) the other boxer stands in back view, surrounded by a little group of backers. For the series 'Scènes Anglaises dessinées à Londres...' by Aaron Martinet (1762 - 1841). Plates numbered '3' and '4'.
BM Satires: 12352.
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Boxiana; or Sketches of Antient & Modern Pugilism.
Boxiana; or Sketches of Antient & Modern Pugilism.
[Pierce Egan.]
[n.d. c.1813.]
4to; green-speckled board covers with title in gilt on green leather spine. 63 pages, illustrations and frontis; some doubles.
Boxiana was the title given to a series of volumes of boxing articles written by Pierce Egan (1772-1849). He gathered his boxing articles in a bound volume and published them under the title "Boxiana; or Sketches of Antient & Modern Pugilism". Includes images of Broughton, Dan Donnelly, Harry Jones, Peter Crawley, Jem Ward, Thomas Belcher, Tom Owen, Ned Painter, Cribb, Dick Curtis, Bill Neat, Molineux, Johnson and Slack.
[Ref: 23818]   £1,450.00  
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A Prize Fight.
A Prize Fight.
H. Alken del.t. I. Clark sculp.t.
London, Published by T. McLean, Jan.y 1. 1820.
Fine hand-coloured aquatint. Plate: 280 x 380mm (11 x 15"), with very large margins. Stain on left margin
A sporting scene showing two men in a boxing match watched by a large crowd. From 'The National Sports of Great Britain' by Henry Alken.
[Ref: 46245]   £340.00  
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[Modern Boxing - The Referee.] [Mss. to verso in pencil, also to label in ink.]
[Modern Boxing - The Referee.] [Mss. to verso in pencil, also to label in ink.]
Harry Rountree [signed in paint, lower right.]
[British, n.d., c.1920.]
Original pencil, watercolour and bodycolour study for an illustration; paper mounted on original "Whatman" artists' board, rare. 365 x 270mm, 14¼ x 10½". Some foxing and surface blemishes.
A striking composition showing two boxers "holding" in the centre of a ring, the referee in black a tiny and marginal figure lower left; and utterly helpless spectator, he is powerless to separate the fighters and wrings his hands. A crowd is skilfully suggested through the ropes in the background. Harry Rountree (1880 - 1950) is most famous for his work illustrating Bernard Darwin's The Golf Courses of the British Isles; but he was also an illustrator for several British magazines.
[Ref: 21072]   £680.00  
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Mr. Iohn Broughton. Prize Fighter.
Mr. Iohn Broughton. Prize Fighter. From the Original Picture (of the same size) by William Hogarth. In the Collection of Henry Ralph Willett, Esq.re of Merby House in the County of Dorset.
W. Hogarth. F[. Ro]ss.
Published for the Proprietor march 25th 1842 by W. & G. Smith, 24, Lisle Street, Leicester Square.
Coloured lithograph, publication line in pencil. Sheet 500 x 320mm (19¾ x 12½"). Laid on card, cracked near bottom right of image, a few small areas of scuffing, including loss of engraver's name.
John ('Jack') Broughton (c.1703 - 1789), heavyweight boxing champion, the formulator of the first set of boxing rules, and the inventor of mufflers, the forerunners of modern boxing gloves. William Hogarth's oil of c. 1730 is in the National Portrait Gallery, lent by Trustees of the Lowther Estate Trust (NPG L243). However the British Museum's description of this print names the sitter as James Figg rather than John Broughton: Elizabeth Einberg suggests that although the head in the painting was certainly the work of Hogarth, the landscape background was painted by George Lambert, and the body of the sitter perhaps by a third artist. Figg (1684-1734) was another bare-knuckle boxer, who turned to management when he retired. Broughton was one of his protégés.
BM: 1868,0822.1651.
[Ref: 38812]   £480.00  
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Mr. Iohn Broughton,
Mr. Iohn Broughton, Famous for his skill in the Athletic Art of Boxing, & Now one of his Majesty's Yeoman of the Guards.
Pubd. Novr. 18, 1787 by W. Richardson at his Ancient & Modern Print Warehouse No.174 Strand.
Mezzotint printed in brown ink, a 19th century impression from the reissued plate by Richardson. 330 x 220mm, 13 x 8¾".
Oval portrait of John ('Jack') Broughton (c.1703 - 1789), boxer. Broughton was a heavyweight boxing champion, the formulator of the first set of boxing rules, and the inventor of mufflers, the forerunners of modern boxing gloves. Originally a waterman on the River Thames, Broughton fought semi-professionally throughout the 1730s. His fights attracted large audiences, and he gained a sizable reputation. Broughton became England's third champion heavyweight boxer after beating George Taylor in 1734, and he held this title until 1750. He taught boxing and operated a boxing arena in Hanway Street, London, from 1742 until his death. The rules of boxing that he codified in 1743 remained in effect until 1838, when they were superseded by the London Prize Ring Rules. He was probably appointed as Yeoman of the Guards by 1743. After John Ellys (1701 - 1757).
See Chaloner Smith: 11, II (Engraver not ascertained: Class II).
[Ref: 17769]   £280.00  
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Athletic Heroes Ancient Pindar Sung, And to their Praise his Lyre Immortal Strung. Oh! could the Bard, transplanted to our Isle. Revive; & view our British Champion's Toil. How would he at his Puny Grecians
Athletic Heroes Ancient Pindar Sung, And to their Praise his Lyre Immortal Strung. Oh! could the Bard, transplanted to our Isle. Revive; & view our British Champion's Toil. How would he at his Puny Grecians
[n.d., c.1750.]
Mezzotint. Plate 330 x 223mm. 13 x 8¾".
John Broughton (1705-1789), regarded as Father of British pugilism. As a Thames Waterman, he fought a colleague so successfully he turned professional. He was patronised by the Duke of Cumberland, who procured him a place in the Yeomen of the Guard, but the relationship ended when Broughton lost a fight on which the Duke had wagered £10,000. At his funeral his pall-bearers included the boxers Humphries, Mendoza, Big Ben, Ward, Ryan and Johnston.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 19451]   £290.00  
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[John Smith, alias Buckhorse.]
[John Smith, alias Buckhorse.]
[Painted by Daniel Dodd.]
[n.d, c.1760.]
A very scarce mezzotint, proof before letters. 355 x 250mm.
Pugilist, floruit 1720-1750. 'Memoirs of the Noted Buckhorse' is the earliest known autobiography of an English boxer.
CS: ENA 142; NPG D9151. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 1834]   £480.00  
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Rural Sports.
Rural Sports. Cornish Wrestling.
Published March 1. 1800, by J. Wheble, Warwick Court.
Etching on india, 110 x 175mm. 4¼ x 7". A fine example, with wide margins, uncut.
West Country villagers crowding around to watch a one-armed wrestling contest between two men; a church and inn in the background. For the 'Sporting Magazine' periodical.
[Ref: 23543]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Tho.s Cribb.
Tho.s Cribb.
Eng.d by Percy Roberts from a painting by Sharples.
Published by Sherwood, Jones & co, May 1. 1824.
Stipple. Sheet size: 215 x 135mm (8½ x 5¼"). Trimmed inside platemark.
A bust portrait of English bare-knuckle boxer of the 19th century Tom Cribb (1781 - 1848), directed to the left, facing the front, with his left fist raised in front of him. On 10th December 1810, Cribb fought an American, former slave Tom Molineaux, at Shenington Hollow in Oxfordshire. Cribb beat Molineaux in 35 rounds and became World champion.
[Ref: 36323]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Crib Uncorking Blackstrap.
Crib Uncorking Blackstrap. 98.
W. E_s Scu.t.
11 Octo.r 1811 Publ.d by Tho.s Tegg. 111 Cheapside London.
Coloured etching. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾").
Tom Cribb uncorking a bottle containing a negro's face, with admirers cheering him on. Tom Cribb (1781-1848) retained his title of boxing champion of England by beating American Thomas Molineux (1784-1818), a former slave, at Thissleton Gap, Leicester on 28 September, 1811, breaking his jaw and knocking him out. Black Strap was a low-quality thick sweet port.
BM Satires 11755.
[Ref: 41127]   £420.00   (£504.00 incl.VAT)
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W.m Eales.
W.m Eales. The Scientific Professor in his attitude of Seld Defence. Height 5 feet 8½ Inch. Weight 11 Stone 4lb. Age 27. N.B. Portraits of all the Principal Pugilists will be executed in a uniform style.
Drawn from the life & Etch'd by Easto.
London Pub. Feb. 23 1819 by S.W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.
Etching on Whatman paper watermarked 1816. 415 x 290mm. Trimmed to plate at sides, some wear.
[Ref: 6888]   £240.00  
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Gorilla Fight.
Gorilla Fight. He awoke the next Morning and found Himself Famous!!
London: Published by T. McLean 26 Haymarket [n.d., c.1860]
Four very scarce engraved plates in original wrappers, slim oblong folio, 215 x 285mm (8½ x 11¼"). Wrappers chipped and soiled, small tears and slight foxing to plates.
Attributed to William Makepeace Thackeray and possibly Thomas Landseer. The copy in the Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists (Princeton University Library) has an additional leaf of letterpress and Thomas Landseer's name inscribed on the wrapper. Probably issued as a reaction against bare-knuckle prize fighting in Britain.
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Mr. Gully.
Mr. Gully. From the Original Picture in the Possesion of Sir H. Smith Bar.t.
[After Benjamin Marshall. Engraved by Charles Turner.]
[n.d., c.1810.]
Proof mezzotint, very rare with large margins. Platemark: 645 x 440mm (25¼ x 17¼"). Creases to sheet. Unexamined out of frame.
A full length portrait of John Gully (1783-1863), prizefighter, racehorse fancier, politician, and MP for Pontefract. He is dressed as a regency gentleman and stands to the right of a large classical statue of two wrestlers. It was said that before Gully became a boxer, he was a professional wrestler, as well as training race horses at Danebury, winner of the Derby three times and many other races. One account also adds that he had two wives and twenty four children. After Benjamin Marshall (1768-1835) who, in 1791 at the age of twenty three, went to London to study under the portrait painter, Lemuel Francis Abbott. Painting both people and horses, Marshall quickly attracted a number of influential patrons including the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. He exhibited thirteen paintings at the Royal Academy between 1800 and 1829, and became a renowned horse-painter, most probably influenced by George Stubbs whose Anatomy of the Horse (see ref: 5777) he is known to have studied.
Whitman: 241; See Siltzer: 326.
[Ref: 33420]   £650.00  
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Tom Hickman.
Tom Hickman.
Drawn by G. Sharples. Eng.d by Percy Roberts.
[n.d. c.1823.]
Stipple and etching with large margins. Plate 190 x 140mm (7½ x 5½").
Tom Hickman (1785-1822), boxer. In 1821 he was said to have engaged in a fight with Bill Neate. Hickman was a controversial fighter, dubbed 'the gas-light man', because he had been to London to construct the boilers and restorts of the new gas light factories. Plate to Pierce Egan's 'Boxiana'.
For Egan's 'Boxiana' see ref. 23818.
[Ref: 29568]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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Humphreys. The Celebrated Boxer.
Humphreys. The Celebrated Boxer.
Painted by W.Whitby. Engrav'd by J.Young.
London, Publish'd by W.m Whitby Sep.r 1788 No 99 Holborn.
Mezzotint with scratch letters. 340 x 250mm.
Known as the 'gentleman' boxer.
CS: 40, state ii of ii, but an unlisted third state is known, with closed letters. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 6588]   £360.00  
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Humphreys The Celebrated Boxer.
Humphreys The Celebrated Boxer.
Painted by W.Whitby. Engrav'd by J.Young.
Publish'd Jan.y 1789, by W.Whitby, No 59 Poland Street London.
Mezzotint. 340 x 250mm, 13½ x 9¾". Late impression. Platemark cracked.
Richard Humphreys, known as the 'gentleman' boxer, painted just before his famous bout with his protegé Daniel Mendoza, 1788.
CS: 40, this example a later state not listed, not 1788 as CS.
[Ref: 16954]   £220.00  
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"I Will Fight."
Painted by Philip Simpson. Engraved by H. Meyer, 3 Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury.
London. James Hawkings, Printseller, 4 Great Surrey St. Blackfriars.
Stipple. 293 x 236mm. 11½ x 9¼". Trimmed to the plate. Laid some repairs.
A boy holds his young brother, who bears his fists ready to fight, sporting a face of anger and anguish. A boxing item.
[Ref: 17869]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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To the Most Noble Marquis of Worcester This Plate of Mr John Jackson
To the Most Noble Marquis of Worcester This Plate of Mr John Jackson is with Permission Dedicated to his Lordship by his most ob.t very humble Serv.t C.Turner. Private Plate. Proof.
Painted & Engraved by C.Turner.
London, Pub'd April 14 1821, by C.Turner, 50 Warren St., Fitzroy Square.
Mezzotint. 355 x 255mm. Some surface soiling.
Pugilist known as Gentleman Jackson (1769-1845), English champion 1793-1803.
Whitman: 278. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 6207]   £350.00  
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John Langan. Who fought Thomas Winter, Spring on the 8th. Jan.y 1824 at Worcester, also a second time 8th June. He stands 5 feet, 10 inches high: weighs about 12½ stone: aged 26._and is Champion of Ireland.
John Langan. Who fought Thomas Winter, Spring on the 8th. Jan.y 1824 at Worcester, also a second time 8th June. He stands 5 feet, 10 inches high: weighs about 12½ stone: aged 26._and is Champion of Ireland.
[n.d. c.1830.]
Rare lithograph. 210 x 145mm. 8¼ x 5¾".
John Langan, fought Thomas Winter (Tom Spring) twice; both boxers had very different styles; Spring was light and nimble, whereas Langan was much slower and heavier. Spring was victorious on both occasions against Langan.
Ex Collection Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 18458]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Les Lutteurs des Alpes.
Les Lutteurs des Alpes.
F. Volz, del. L. Staub, sc.
[n.d. c.1800.]
Aquatint. 260 x 324mm. 10¼ x 12¾". Some slight foxing.
Two pairs of men fighting with male and female spectators around; the Alps seen behind as a backdrop.
[Ref: 25115]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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A Prize Fight.
A Prize Fight.
H. Alken delt. I. Clark sculpt.
London, Published by T. McLean, Jany, 1, 1820.
Etching with coloured aquatint. 375 x 275mm. Faint trace of old mount window inside plate mark.
First edition.
[Ref: 62]   £380.00  
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A Prize Fight.
A Prize Fight.
H. Alken del.t I. Clark sculp.t
London, Published by T, Mc.Lean, Jany. 1. 1820.
Hand-coloured aquatint, Arthur Ackermann framed. Visible sheet area 229 x 324mm. 9 x 12¾". Slight offsetting. In mount.
Two men poised to fight with two men behind each fighter; spectators behind a bar. Plate 38 from 'National Sports of Great Britain'.
Siltzer: p.70.
[Ref: 25715]   £480.00  
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The Pugilistic Society.
The Pugilistic Society. Engraved for the Carlton House Magazine.
[London, c.1794.]
Engraving. 185 x 110mm (7¼ x 4¼"), with page of letterpress with description of the plate. Small margins
A satirical scene showing a drinking club with a picture of a boxing match on the wall. Two of the members seem to be sparring. The description takes the form of a letter, from 'Frederic Fisticuff' to the editor of the Carlton House Magazine, describing how he was introduced to the club by 'A Certain duke, skilled in the science of pugilism'.
[Ref: 45826]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Duel entre Noirs.
Duel entre Noirs.
N. Maurin del. Lith. de Villain. d'apres le Croquis de J. Arago.
[Paris, c.1839.]
Lithograph, sheet 145 x 240mm. 5¾ x 9½".
Two fighting Africans, possibly slaves on a South American plantation. Plate to 'Souvenirs d'un aveugle (blind man)' by Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790 - 1855). A French writer, artist and explorer, Arago joined Louis de Freycinet on his 1817 voyage around the world aboard the ship Uranie, which inspired his witty 'Voyage autour du monde'. Although he lost his sight in 1837, he went on travelling and writing for the theatre.
[Ref: 11027]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Ye roaring Blades who nightly rove, / Ye fam'd Broughtonian Sons; / With pleasure cast your Eyes above / And stag poor Bucky's Muns. / Like greater Blackguards he ne'er rails / For Pension, Place or Fee; / But honest Industry prevails / Nor dreads the
Ye roaring Blades who nightly rove, / Ye fam'd Broughtonian Sons; / With pleasure cast your Eyes above / And stag poor Bucky's Muns. / Like greater Blackguards he ne'er rails / For Pension, Place or Fee; / But honest Industry prevails / Nor dreads the fatal Tree.
Publish & Sold by Tho.s Bowen Printseller at ye Golden Pallet in Shug Lane near the Haymarket St James's. [1742]
A very scarce copper engraving. 322 x 204mm. 12¾ x 8". Small tear to the right-hand edge. Trimmed just inside platemark.
Portrait of John 'Buckhorse' Smith [1732-1746] running through Covent Garden holding his hat; St Paul's Church behind to the right. Buckhorse Smith was another famous fighting man, whose ugliness was probably a result of some form of infantile encephalitis. Whatever the reason, his head was big and bulbous at the top and his face pinched and narrow. He was born, according to Eccentric Magazine, “in the house of a sinner” in the notorious Lewkner’s Lane near Drury Lane, where rogues, thieves and ne’er-do-wells gathered to eke out their grimy, violent and precarious existences. Buckhorse learned to steal, and then to fight, with equal mastery and through his appearances at Figg’s Academy and then under Broughton, he became something of a cult celebrity. He ranked high for courage and strength among the boxers of his day and displayed great muscular powers in the battles he had contested. “As ugly as Buckhorse” became a cliché of the time. Buckhorse was never a champion, but apparently his strange looks belied his talents. He was sought after by ladies, who it was said regarded him as enthusiastic and energetic in the arts of love. He died in a ditch one wintry night, cuddling his last bottle of gin. The earliest known autobiography of an English boxer, Memoirs of the Noted Buckhorse, is printed in London. He was never much of a boxer, and reportedly earned his living picking pockets and singing in the streets (it is said that he "sucked in the love of gin" from his first nurse). In 1767 Buckhorse was also the subject of an ode by Christopher Anstey; this too celebrated the man about town rather than the pugilist. The 1745 rebellion brought the heads of fresh victims to the Bar, and this was the last triumph of barbarous justice. Colonel Francis Townley's was the sixth head. Townley was hanged on Kennington Common. Before the carts drove away, the men flung their prayer-books, written speeches, and gold-laced hats gaily to the crowd. As soon as they were dead the hangman cut down the bodies, disemboweled, beheaded, and quartered them, throwing the hearts into the fire. A monster—a fighting-man of the day, named Buckhorse—is said to have actually eaten a piece of Townley's flesh, to show his loyalty.
[Ref: 21298]   £230.00  
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Taking Courage.
Taking Courage.
R. Dagley del. W.H. Brooke sculp.
London, Published by John Warren, Old Bond Street, and G. & W.B. Whittaker, Ave Maria Lane. [n.d. c.1821.]
Fine hand-coloured etching. 147 x 241mm. 5¾ x 9½".
On a jetty, two men prepare to box; obviously influenced by the red-faced man stood with his back against one; bottles on the ground. From "Takings or, the Life of a Collegian".
[Ref: 24028]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[Boxing] Page 21.
A. Walker del. et sculp.
[n.d. c.1750.]
Engraving and etching. 159 x 101mm (6¼ x 4"). Trimmed.
Village scene, with two semi nude men wrestling in the midst of a crowd who gathered in a circle, two musicians up on a tree to the left; illustration to 'Hobbinol'.
[Ref: 34758]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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Wrestlers at Yokuhama.
Wrestlers at Yokuhama.
from Nature by Peters. Lith. of Sarony & Co. New York.
[n.d. c.1854.]
Tinted lithograph. 217 x 292mm. 8½ x 11½".
On 8th March 1854, Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858) returned to continue the Opening of Japan to the west, which concluded with the Convention of Kanagawa on 31 March, 1854. This being his second visit saw the opening of Shimoda and Hakodate to foreign vessels. Perry’s landing in Yokohama on March 8 inspired a crowded scene of troops on parade before a horizon prickled with the masts of the black ships, as well as a solemn rendering of the commodore greeting the Japanese commissioners. Formal occasions-the presentation of American gifts, a banquet on Perry’s flagship, and a performance of sumo wrestling-were duly recorded.
Ex Collection Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 18459]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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