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Pollard, James

Boxing Match for One Hundred Pounds

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This match between Jack Randall and Edward Turner was fought in Crawley Hurst in Sussex on 5 December 1818. Bill Richmond acting as bottle holder is depicted on the right of the picture. Both boxers were unbeaten, stylish and skilful and the odds changed from round to round. Randall overcame his opponent to win in the 34th round and his first concern was for Turner who had been carried off in a sorry state. Turner recovered and the two became firm friends. Turner made his debut in the ring beating the highly fancied Curtis in 68 rounds. Curtis died a few hours after the match and Turner was found guilty of manslaughter, serving two months’ imprisonment at Newgate.


About the Artist
Artist Pollard, James
Title Boxing Match for One Hundred Pounds
Medium Aquatint, probably by J. Pollard
Dimensions 57 x 49 cm
Category Aquatint
Reference 2005.024

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