Henry Kelley Champion Of The Thames And Yare.
Coloured lithograph, image 430 x 685mm. 17 x 27". Laid to card with repaired vertical tear through centre of image. Residue from old mount.
Henry Kelley (or Kelly) in his single skull rowing boat on the Thames in west London, who had won the Championship of the Thames in 1857. Kelley lost his title in September 1859. In the mid-19th century rowing was a popular sport that drew large crowds to riverbanks across England and the world to watch contests between national and local champions. Kelley owned 'The Bell' hotel in Putney. In July 1866 the American James Hamill lost twice on the Tyne to Kelley, in the first trans-Atlantic professional rowing contest.
[Ref: 8488] £1,800.00