by Morris Singer & Co Ltd, after Angelo Francesco Bezzi
bronze figure, 1960, based on a work of before 1867
11 1/8 in. (283 mm) high
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In the decade from 1849 to 1859 Tom Sayers, the great British bareknuckle fighter, was defeated only once. In 1860, 12,000 people travelled to Farnborough in Hampshire to see his last fight which was against the American John C. Heenen. In the 37th round, when Sayers' arm was broken and Heenan was bleeding profusely from his head, the crowd broke into the ring and the contest was abandoned. A draw was declared and neither man fought again. With Sayers's retirement interest in the prize-ring moved across the Atlantic, and America began its stranglehold on world boxing. This bronze of him was cast in 1960 from the original plaster pattern by Bezzi.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 410
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 550
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Current affairsThe Second Reform Act, although effectively a Liberal measure, is expediently passed by the Conservatives, under Disraeli's influence, who believed it would widen Conservative appeal by making the party appear more progressive. The Act extended the vote to 1.5 million working men in British towns, and redistributed 52 seats from towns with populations under 10,000 to the newer urban towns.
Art and scienceKarl Marx publishes his hugely influential Das Kapital, whilst living and researching in London. Its proclaimed aim was 'to lay bare the economic law of motion of modern society', and it presented mid-Victorian capitalism in terms of a tragic drama.
Henry Irving rises to fame on the London stage, performing alongside Ellen Terry for the first time, beginning their famous theatrical association.
InternationalFrancis Joseph, the Emperor of Austria, becomes King of Hungary, and thus ruler of the 'dual monarchy' of Austria-Hungary.
The dominion of Canada is formed, as the British North America Act unites four British colonies, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. The Act defines much of Canada's constitution and operation of government, and Canada's dominion status is the first of its kind.