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.
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.
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