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E.W.B. Hogwood, After John Hamilton Mortimer, A.R.A.

The set-to: the match between John Broughton and George Stevenson, 1741

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March 23, 04:00 PM GMT

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E.W.B. Hogwood, After John Hamilton Mortimer, A.R.A.

The set-to: the match between John Broughton and George Stevenson, 1741


inscribed, signed and dated lower right: After Mortimers / by E.W.B. Hogwood / 1882

oil on canvas, unframed

canvas: 25 ⅜ by 30 ¼ in.; 64.1 by 76.6. cm. 

This is a late 19th century copy by E.W.B. Hogwood after a lost original by John Hamilton Mortimer, A.R.A.1 The composition illustrates a famous boxing match between George Stevenson and Jack Broughton in February 1741. Stevenson, known as the "Coachman" challenged Broughton but was defeated in a forty-five minute fight at Stevenson's Gymnasium near Tottenham Court Road. It was Broughton who first drew up a set of rules which provided the foundation for those sponsored by the Marquis of Queensberry, and which governed boxing from 1743 till 1838. He also invented the boxing glove and was undisputed champion from 1729 to 1750. He died in London in 1789. 

Another copy after this composition by Mortimer was sold London, Sotheby's, 4 December 2014, lot 224.  


1. The possible original by Mortimer was sold London, Christie's, 3 July 1964, lot 69.