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Henry Cooper (1934-2011), Boxer

Sir Henry Cooper

Sitter in 6 portraits
Heavyweight boxer Sir Henry Cooper's fight against Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) in 1963 was one of the greatest events in British boxing history. Cooper was defeated but the match was very close, only ending when a cut opened up on Cooper's forehead. Cooper was left-handed and had a strong left hook. His long and successful career began when he was a teenager, competing in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. In 1970, he was British, European and Commonwealth heavyweight champion. Incredibly popular in Britain, Cooper was the first person to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year twice, in 1967 and 1970.

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Henry Cooper

by Gerald Scarfe
pen and indian ink, 1967
NPG 6429


Henry Cooper

by William Redgrave
bronze bust, 1969
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6925


Henry Cooper

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 14 December 1959
NPG x125704


Henry Cooper

by Daniel Farson
glossy bromide print, 1960
NPG x22189


Henry Cooper

by Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield
archival inkjet print, February 1966
NPG x128483


Joe Bugner; Henry Cooper

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, March 1971
NPG x137620