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    Sale 5374

    Christie's Interiors

    16 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 112

    Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)

    Two scenes of Doggett's Coat and Badge race

    Price Realised  


    Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)
    Two scenes of Doggett's Coat and Badge race
    the first signed 'Rowlandson' (lower right) and inscribed 'First of August' (lower left)
    pen and brown ink and watercolour
    5¾ x 7 7/8 in. (14.6 x 20 cm.); and smaller (2)

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    The prestigious Dogget's Coat and Badge is the longest standing rowing contest in the world and has been held annually on the River Thames since 1715. The course runs from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier, Chelsea, passing under eleven bridges. The race was traditionally undertaken by up to six apprentice Watermen of the Thames in the ferries used to transport passengers across the river, and took place on 1st August. These days the competitors race in late July in single sculling boats. The first prize is a Watermen's coat with a silver badge.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 14 July 1987, lots 160 & 166.