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
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