Mr. Iohn Broughton,Famous for his skill in the Athletic Art of Boxing, & Now one of his Majesty's Yeoman of the Guards.
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 The rules of boxing that he codified in 1743 remained in effect until 1838, when they were superseded by the London Prize Ring Rules.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).
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