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Hunt, Charles

Bendigo

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Bendigo William Thompson, one of triplets, was born in Nottingham in 1811. An accomplished all-round athlete and acrobat, from 1832 he won 16 prize-fights in succession, three against the much taller and heavier Ben Gaunt. He became champion by beating Deaf Burke in 1839, the first match to take place under the new London Prize Rules. Bendigo’s matches were marred by his practice of going down to avoid punishment and the unruly behaviour of his supporters who were known as the Nottingham Lambs. Unable to hold his drink he was frequently imprisoned for breaking the peace. His name lives on in the city of that name in Australia.


About the Artist
Artist Hunt, Charles
Title Bendigo
Dimensions 55 x 68 cm
Category Aquatint
Reference 2005.015

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