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forgery / trade-card / print

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  • Description

    Forgery purporting to be a trade-card for James Figg, prize fighter and instructor in sword and quarter-staff; portrait of Figg standing full-length, one hand on his hip, the other on the hilt of his sword, with another man to left of him holding a quarter-staff, in a raised fighting ring with spectators; in a decorative border with crossed swords above, a man with a sword to either side and an inscription plaque with weapons below.


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  • Date

    • 1790s
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 191 millimetres
    • Width: 166 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered between the dais and the inscription cartouche 'Will. Hogarth ft'; in cartouche: 'James Figg Master of ye Noble Science of Defence on y right hand in Oxford Road near Adam & Eve court. teaches Gentle-men ye use of y small. backsword. & Quarterstaff. at home & abroad'
  • Curator's comments

    See another impression 1943,0410.626

    See biographical note on Sympson for information on prints supposedly etched by him after Hogarth's design. Paulson suggests that the figure of Figg may have been put together from figures that have been identified as Figg in other prints by Hogarth: the fallen drinker in 'A Midnight Modern Conversation' and the broadsword fighter in 'Southwark Fair' (Paulson 1989, cat. nos. 128, 131).


  • Bibliography

    • Nichols 1833 p. 298 bibliographic details
    • Paulson 1965/70 p. 313 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Trade cards Heal 20.2)

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


DRAFT Trade card of James Figg, Boxer


DRAFT Trade card of James Figg, Boxer

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