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“ The  Greatest  Pugilist  of  his  Time ”

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). (Ticket for) James Figg Master of ye Noble Science of Defence on y right hand in Oxford Road near Adam & Eve court. teaches Gentlemen ye use of y small. backsword. & Quarterstaff. at home & abroad. The price fencer (c. 1695 – 1734) together with referee and two further fighters. In the background the numerous audience. Engraving. Inscribed: Will. Hogarth ft., otherwise as above. 7¾ × 6½ in (19.8 × 16.5 cm).

Impression on strong paper from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII [1888], 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]).

“ Figg was the greatest pugilist of his time … With his fist he would have killed an ox … ”

(Lichtenberg in his annotations to Rakewell surrounded by Artists and Professors).

Offer no. 7,891 / sold


„ Sie haben wieder einmal in unverkennbarer Weise Ihr Unternehmen und Ihre Philosophie dargeboten. Ich wünsche Ihnen – beiden – auch in diesem Jahr viel Erfolg und Gefolgschaft von Ihren alten und hoffentlich auch neuen Kunden und natürlich auch persönliches Wohlergehen … “

(Herr D. L., 4. Januar 2010)