(France 26 Sep 1791 – 26 Jan 1824)
- Not on display
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The print is considered to be the first masterpiece of lithography. Géricault sought to derive maximum pictorial effect from the medium by pitting the two opponents against each other not just by their stances and the contrasting colour of their skin, but by an adept reversal of his drawing technique. The strongly modelled torso of the black figure is drawn in pen and ink while soft crayon is used for his trousered legs. The reverse technique is used for the white boxer. Géricault would have seen amateur boxing matches in Paris but he was probably more directly inspired by popular English sporting prints.
- 35.5 x 41.5 cm image; 42.4 x 58.8 cm sheet
- Parramore Purchase Fund 2004
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