William Hogarth
George Taylor Triumphing over Death c.1750

Artwork details

William Hogarth 1697–1764
George Taylor Triumphing over Death
Date c.1750
Medium Chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 495 x 396 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Not on display

Display caption

This drawing forms part of a design
by Hogarth for a tombstone for the famous boxer and prize-fighter, George Taylor. Nick-named 'Taylor the Barber' because of his other profession,
he became Champion of England
in 1734. From the early 1730s Taylor
was proprietor of the Tottenham Court Boxing Booth. He also ran an academy where gentlemen were taught the art
of self-defence. Taylor, who clearly had
a fine physique, may also have modelled at the St. Martin's Lane Academy, where Hogarth himself taught.

September 2004