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

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

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

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

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 USD

Lot sold:

4,788

USD

Sold Without Reserve

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. 

The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. The overall image reads clearly beneath a discolored and dirty varnish that is blanching in scattered spots visible to the naked eye. The background has somewhat thinned, but the figures are in overall good condition. Inspection under UV reveals small and fine strokes scattered in the figures and their outlines, but these are all rather well applied. There is looser applied retouching scattered in the background. Offered unframed.


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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.