Jem Belcher

1 portrait of Jem Belcher

Jem Belcher, by Unknown artist, circa 1800 - NPG 5214 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jem Belcher

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1800
30 in. x 25 1/8 in. (762 mm x 638 mm)
Purchased, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG 5214

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Prize fighter of great rapidity ('You heard his blows, you did not see them') and unbeaten until he lost an eye playing at rackets in 1803. Seen here at the height of his powers, wearing a 'belcher', the name given to his style of spotted neckcloths.

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