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Tom Sayers, Prize Fighter

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Tom Sayers, Prize Fighter

Date

About 1840

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

H: 73 x W: 57 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0072.F

Collection

British Folk Art

Status

On Display

Tom Sayers (1826-1865) was once the undisputed boxing champion of England. His last and most famous fight took place in Farnborough, Hampshire in 1860 against the American John C. Heenan. After 2 hours and 42 gruelling rounds the crowd broke into the ring and the fight was declared a draw. Charles Dickens and WM Thackeray were among the spectators.

Tom Sayers, Prize Fighter About 1840 © Compton Verney