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    Sale 5437

    British Mezzotints and Printed Handkerchiefs from the Collection of the Honourable Christopher Lennox-Boyd

    12 March 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 83

    Charles Turner (1773-1857), after Benjamin Marshall

    Mr John Jackson

    Price Realised  


    Charles Turner (1773-1857), after Benjamin Marshall
    Mr John Jackson
    mezzotint on laid paper, second state of two, good impression with margins, published by C.Turner, London, 1810
    P. 25 5/16 x 17 13/16in. (64.3 x 45.2cm.)

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    John Jackson, pugilist, known as Gentleman Jackson, appeared only three times in the prize-ring. His first public fight took place on 9 June 1788, when he defeated Fewterel of Birmingham in a contest lasting one hour and seven minutes, in the presence of the Prince of Wales. He was defeated by George the Brewer, on 12 March 1789, owing to a heavy fall on the wet stage, which dislocated his ankle and broke the small bone of his leg. He offered to finish the battle tied to a chair, but this his opponent declined. His third and last fight was with Daniel Mendoza, whom he beat in ten and a half minutes by seizing Mendoza's imprudently long hair and pounding him into submission. After some dispute, this was declared fair; Jackson therefore became champion of England. In 1803, still unchallenged, he retired and established a school, jointly with the fencing school of Henry Angelo, where he gave instructions in the art of self-defence, and was largely patronized by the nobility of the day, Lord Byron being one of his pupils

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    Charles Turner, Engraver Whitman 277