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  • Sports of varying degrees of brutality and gentility flourished during the eighteenth century. Boxing, hitherto an unregulated and amateur sport, became professionalized and commercialized. John Broughton, the most celebrated pugilist of the day, drew up rules which were introduced on August 16, 1743, and were enforced until 1838, when they were superseded by the London Prize Ring Rules. In 1747 Broughton opened an academy in London where gloves were worn for the first time. The Subject of Rowlandson's ambitious watercolor has never been identified conclusively, but it may commemorate the celebrated fight Richard Humphries (the "Gentleman Boxer") and Samuel Martin which took place at Newmarket on May 3, 1786. The contest was attended by several hundred people, including members of the English and French nobility. The London Chronicle reported that "the long contended battle between Martin, the Bath Butcher, and the famous Humphries…lasted about and hour and a half, when the latter beat the former in a terrible manner; upwards of 4000:1 were won and lost on the occasion."
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  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 279-80, fig. 6, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) , Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Patricia Phagan, Thomas Rowlandson, pleasures and pursuits in Georgian England, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. London, 2011, pp.34,125,130-31, no. 45, NJ18 R79 P53 2011 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Robert Hoozee, British vision : observation and imagination in British art, 1750-1950, , Mercatorfonds Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels , Ghent, 2007, pp. 118, 119, no. 51, fig. 51, N6767 B78 2007 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Simon Schama, Rowlandson in the Round, TLS, the Times Literary Supplement, Issue no. 3963, March 10, 1978, p. 282, Film S748 (SML) , Also available Online in TLS Historical Archive (ORBIS)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: The Cunning Eye of Thomas Rowlandson, Apollo, vol.105,no. 182, April 1977, pp. 279-80, fig. 6, N1 A54 05:2 + (YCBA) , Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]
  • Dimension depth :: 2.9cm
  • Dimension height :: 46.0cm
  • Dimension height :: 75.6cm
  • Dimension width :: 69.5cm
  • Dimension width :: 92.1cm
  • Exhibition :: British Vision - Observation and Imagination in British Art
  • Exhibition :: No More Fog at the Channel - Holbein to Hockney - 500 Years of British Art
  • Exhibition :: Pleasures and Pastimes
  • Exhibition :: Rowlandson Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Exhibition :: The Pursuit of Happiness - A View of Life in Georgian England
  • Exhibition :: Thomas Rowlandson - Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England
  • Exhibition :: Thomas Rowlandson from the Paul Mellon Collection
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 6, R
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: boxes (containers)
  • Subject Concept :: canes
  • Subject Concept :: carriages
  • Subject Concept :: collar
  • Subject Concept :: crowd
  • Subject Concept :: dogs (animals)
  • Subject Concept :: fighting
  • Subject Concept :: horses (animals)
  • Subject Concept :: men
  • Subject Concept :: platform
  • Subject Concept :: poles
  • Subject Concept :: prize
  • Subject Concept :: ring
  • Subject Concept :: sporting art
  • Subject Concept :: trees
  • Subject Concept :: wagons
  • Subject Concept :: women
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • The Prize Fight
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