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The Doctor. of the National Sporting Club taken from Life.
The Doctor. of the National Sporting Club taken from Life.
Drawn & Etchd by George Belcher March, 1918.
Hand coloured etching, signed by the artist in pencil. 290 x 210mm (11½ x 8¼"). Unexamined out of frame.
The sitter is identified as 'Dr Collins' in ink on plate lower right. Doctor Collins was medical officer of National Sporting Club, a private boxing club founded in London in 1891, at 43 King Street, Covent Garden. The founders were John Fleming and A.F. “Peggy” Bettinson, and Hugh Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale was its first president. The club was run under very strict rules regarding both the boxers and the members. Bouts would take place after dinner, before about 1,300 members and guests. The bouts would be fought in silence as no talking was permitted during the rounds. The club built up a great tradition of sportsmanship and fair play. In 1909, the president introduced the Lonsdale Belt as a prize to be awarded to the British champion at each weight. The belts were made from porcelain and twenty-two carat gold. By George Frederick Arthur Belcher ARA (1875 - 1947).
[Ref: 11721]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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Mrs Harris of Follop Yard taken from Life.
Mrs Harris of Follop Yard taken from Life.
Drawn & Etchd by George Belcher May, 1918. [Signed in pencil lower right margin.]
Hand coloured etching, platemark 285 x 195mm (11¼ x 7¾") very large margins.
Large woman with a shopping bag; street scene behind. By George Frederick Arthur Belcher ARA (1875 - 1947).
[Ref: 43324]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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A Hero of the Ring and his Agent.
A Hero of the Ring and his Agent. The National Soporting Club, taken from Life. Jimmy Wilde & Teddy Lewis.
Drawn & Etched by George Belcher April 1919.
Coloured etching, signed by the artist in pencil. 345 x 240mm (13½ x 9½"), large margins. Repaired hole, scratch through title, signature smudged
Jimmy Wilde (1892-1969'), Welsh miner turned army PT instructor, the original ‘Mighty Atom’, but also the 'Ghost with the Hammer in his Hand' and the 'Tylorstown Terror. He was the world’s first World Flyweight Champion and was ranked as the number 1 flyweight of all-time by the International Boxing Research Organization in 2006. He is shown having his hands strapped by his manager, Teddy Lewis, who had been reserve captain of Pontypridd RFC.
[Ref: 58285]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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