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Caleb Baldwin.
Caleb Baldwin.
Published by John McGowan, G.t Windmill S.t [1826].
Stipple. 190 x 110mm (7½ x 4¼"). Stained.
Caleb Ramsbottom (1769-1827), aka Caleb Baldwin, lightweight bare-knuckle boxer. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50616]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Broughton, many years Champion of England.
Broughton, many years Champion of England.
Published by J. McGowan, G.t Windmill S.t [1826].
Stipple. Sheet 210 x 125mm (8¼ x 5"). Trimmed within plate, small tear in bottom edge.
Half-length portrait of John Broughton (1705-1789), possibly after John Ellys (1701-57). 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 £1000. At his funeral his pall-bearers included the boxers Humphries, Mendoza, Big Ben, Ward, Ryan and Johnston. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50613]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[John Smith, alias Buckhorse.]
[John Smith, alias Buckhorse.]
[after Daniel Dodd.]
Published by J. McGowan, Great Windmill Street, 1825 [but 1826].
Stipple. 160 x 100mm (6¼ x 4"), large margins.
Half-length portrait of John Smith, a.k.a. Buckhorse (boxer, fl.1720-50), adapted from the portrait by Daniel Dodd. He earned his nickname riding for the Duke of Queensberry, the inveterate gambler. In later life, for a few shillings Buckhorse would allow people to punch him in the head as hard as they could, so such a blow became known as a 'Buckhorse'. Probably as a result of these blows, a common expression of the period was 'as ugly as Buckhorse'. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50610]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Tho.s Cribb.
Tho.s Cribb.
Eng.d by Percy Roberts from a painting by Sharples.
Published by Sherwood, Jones & Co, May 1. 1824.
Stipple. Sheet size: 205 x 135mm (8 x 5¼"). Trimmed inside platemark.
A bust portrait of English bare-knuckle boxer of the 19th century Tom Cribb (1781 - 1848), directed to the left, facing the front, with his left fist raised in front of him. On 10th December 1810, Cribb fought an American, former slave Tom Molineaux, at Shenington Hollow in Oxfordshire. Cribb beat Molineaux in 35 rounds and became World champion.
[Ref: 50252]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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[Boys Playing Cricket.]
[Boys Playing Cricket.]
[n.d., c.1810.]
Rare etching. Sheet: 90 x 165mm (3½ x 6½''). Trimmed, repaired tears.
An exterior scene showing a group of boys playing cricket in a sheep field.
[Ref: 50055]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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W.m Eales.
W.m Eales.
Published by J. McGowan, G.t Windmill S.t [1826].
Stipple. 200 x 120mm (8 x 4¾"). Trimmed within plate at sides.
Bill Eales, a carpenter, bare-chested, fists raised. A sparring expert with a superior knowledge of the science, he sparred with Jem Belcher and George Head, but made only two prize ring appearances, gaining an unexpected win against Jack Lancaster in 1814 but losing to Jack Scroggins in 1815. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50618]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Foot Ball.
Foot Ball.
Rob.t Cruikshank Fecit. Eng.d by Geo. Hunt.
London, Published by Tho.s McLean, 26, Haymarket, 1827.
Aquatint, early impression. Sheet: 240 x 360mm (9½ x 14''). Trimmed, very slight foxing, corners trimmed.
A scene showing a group of soldiers in a group, playing football, some have fallen over in the rush.
Hickman p.104.
[Ref: 50625]   £480.00  
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Harry Holt.
Harry Holt.
Published by J. McGowan, G.t Windmill S.t Haymarket [1826].
Stipple. 180 x 110mm (7 x 4¼"). Small margins.
Henry Josiah Holt (1792-1844), 'The Cicero of the Ring'. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50617]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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David Hudson.
David Hudson.
[Published by John McGowan, Great Windmill Street, 1826.]
Stipple. 200 x 120mm (8 x 4¾"). Trimmed.
David Hudson, bare-chested, fists raised. Brother of John Hudson. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50621]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Tom Jones, (Commonly called Paddington Jones.)
Tom Jones, (Commonly called Paddington Jones.)
Published by J. McGowan, G.t Windmill S.t [1826].
Stipple. Sheet 200 x 115mm (8 x 4½") Trimmed within plate left and bottom. Staining on left.
Paddington Tom Jones (1766-1833), active as a bare-knuckle boxer from 1785 to 1805, belived to have fought more bouts than any other. In 1799 he lost to Jem Belcher in the Middleweight Championship of England. Jones was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50614]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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George Nichols.
George Nichols.
Published by J. McGowan, G.t Windmill S.t [1826].
Stipple. Sheet 210 x 120mm (8¼ x 4¾"). Trimmed within plate at sides.
George Nichols, a butcher from Bristol, George Nichols, was the only boxer to defeat Tom Cribb, after 52 rounds in 1805. He returned to his original trade and many accounts expunge his victory, describing Cribb as undefeated. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50615]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Henry Pearce, scientifically denominated The Game Chicken.
Henry Pearce, scientifically denominated The Game Chicken.
Published by J. McGowan, G.t Windmill S.t [1826].
Stipple. 200 x 120mm (8 x 4¾"). Trimmed within plate at sides.
Henry Pearce (1777-1809), known as "The Game Chicken" probably because he signed his name "Hen" instead of Henry. The recognised English Champion from 1804 until his retirement due to ill health in 1807, he beat Jem Belcher in a Championship decider in 1805. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50619]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[Bill Richmond] Richmond the Black.
[Bill Richmond] Richmond the Black.
Published by J. McGowan, Great Windmill Street [1826].
Stipple. 195 x 120mm (7¾ x 4¾"). Trimmed to image at sides.
Bill Richmond (1763-1829), born a slave on Staten Island, NY. In his early teens a tavern brawl with several Redcoats brought him to the attention of British general Earl Percy, fighting contests arranged by Percy as entertainment for his guests. In 1777 Percy sent Richmond to England to apprentice as a carpenter, but he continued to fight, beating George Moore, Paddy Green and Frank Mayers, but was defeated by Tom Cribb. He then started training with Thomas Molineaux, another freed slave, and opened a boxing academy in London . From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50612]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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[Norwegian Scene.]
[Norwegian Scene.] Skÿdsskaffer 'Huis han skulle Kjöre for hardt, skadet Du ta Tömmene fra'n''.
[n.d., c.1860.]
Lithograph. Sheet: 180 x 215mm (7 x 8½''). Creasing.
A scene showing a man talking to a young boy and pointing to a man in a very thick fur coat standing by a sled, behind them two men ski down a hill.
[Ref: 50520]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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Jack Slack, the Conqueror of Broughton.
Jack Slack, the Conqueror of Broughton.
Published by J. McGowan, Great Windmill Street [1826].
Stipple. 145 x 95mm (5¾ x 9¾"), with very large margins. Split in top platemark.
Half-length portrait of John ĎJackí Slack (c.1721-68), aka the ĎNorfolk Butcherí or ĎKnight of the Cleaverí. A bare knuckle fighter, he was the first boxer to beat Jack Broughton (a fight on which it is rumoured the Duke of Cumberland lost £1,000); and in 1754 he beat Frenchman Jean Pettit, winning what is regarded to be the first international Heavyweight fight. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50611]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Thomas Spring, Champion of England.
Thomas Spring, Champion of England.
[Published by John McGowan, Great Windmill Street, 1826.]
Stipple. 200 x 120mm (8 x 4¾"). Trimmed within plate at sides.
Tom Spring (born Thomas Winter, 1795-1851), an English bare-knuckle fighter, who was heavyweight champion of England from 1821 until his retirement in 1824. From John Badcock's 'The Fancy; or The True Sportsmanís Guide: Being Authentic Memoirs of the Lives, Actions, Prowess, and Battles of the Leading Pugilists, from the Days of Figg and Broughton, to the Championship of Ward. By an Operator'.
[Ref: 50620]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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