'Colonel Mordaunt watching a cock fight at Lucknow', India, 1790. Artist: Johan Zoffany
'Colonel Mordaunt watching a cock fight at Lucknow', India, 1790. In an open-sided tent, East India Company officers and administrators sit and stand under a canopy. In the foreground two cocks with metal spurs fight, anxiously watched by attendants. Various members of the surrounding Indian crowd hold their fighting cocks in readiness for their turn. A group of women stand apart on the left with musicians behind them. This picture once belonged to Warren Hastings (1732-1818), the first Governor-General of India.
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'The second fight between Harry Paulson and Tom Paddock', 1851 (late 19th or early 20th century).Artist: Pugnis
'The second fight between Harry Paulson and Tom Paddock', 1851 (late 19th or early 20th century). An illustration from Famous Fights. Tom Paddock (1824-1863) fought Harry Paulson three times, twice in 1851 and once more in 1854. Paddock won the second fight, staged in Belper, Derbyshire, in the 86th round but a riot broke out and afterwards both boxers were jailed for 10 months with hard labour. Paddock went on to be English heavyweight champion between 1856 and 1858.
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'The Princes First Derby, 1896: His Royal Highness leading 'Persimmon'', (1901). Creator: Unknown
'The Prince's First Derby, 1896: His Royal Highness leading 'Persimmon' into the weighing enclosure at Epsom after the race', (1901). The Prince of Wales leads his horse as spectators cheer. Thoroughbred race horse Persimmon, owned by Prince Albert Edward (1841-1910, the future King Edward VII), won both the Derby at Epsom racecourse in Surrey, and the St Leger at Doncaster in the same year. From "The Illustrated London News Record of the Glorious Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901: The Life and Accession of King Edward VII. and the Life of Queen Alexandra". [London, 1901].
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