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Bill Richmond, Pugilist

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Born a slave in Staten Island, New York, Richmond became one of the most accomplished and respected boxers of the early nineteenth century. He was brought to England by Lord Percy in 1777 and fought a famous match against the British champion Tom Cribb in 1805. He continued to fight until the age of 55 but retired from the ring in 1818 to establish a boxing academy in London.

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Bill Richmond ('A striking view of Richmond')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published March 1810
NPG D10726