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Life and death

2015.03.25
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William Hogarth 1697-1764

George Taylor triumphing over death

Circa 1750

Chalk on paper

George Taylor was a famous prize-fighter and Champion of England.

He died in 1750 and this is a design for his tombstone in Deptford Chutchyard, though it is uncertain if it was carved.

Taylor owned the Tottenham Court boxing booth in London where great crowds came to see bare-knuckle fights, and also ran self-defense classes for gentlemen, including fencing, quarter-staffing ( stick fighting ) and fisticuffs ( bare-knuckle boxing ).

He may also have acted as a life model at the second St Martin's Lane Academy, founded by Hogarth in 1735, and therefore known the artist personally.
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William Hogarth 1697-1764

Death giving George Taylor a cross buttock

Circa 1750

Chalk and graphite on paper

Prize-fighter George Taylor was particularly well-known for his excellent execution of the cross buttock fall, a move gained by a low hold of the waistband of the breeches with the right hand, by which you capsize your opponent by throwing him head foremost over your right hip.

Hogarth shows death getting the better of Taylor using the throw in this design for the fighter's tombstone.
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February 11, 2015
4 Comments
marilynx Bones!
marilynx · 2015-03-25: 16:03
helys WOOOW
So scary!
helys · 2015-03-25: 16:51
finbarr Excellent captures !
finbarr · 2015-03-25: 18:45
openbelarus oho
openbelarus · 2015-03-27: 08:05
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