Friday, June 5, 2015

Two young gentlemen and a sailor boxing, date unknown


"Two young gentlemen and a sailor boxing," Robert Pollard, date unknown, British Museum.

The sketch above depicts a pair of naval officers sharing a conversation while a sailor puts up his dukes. He appears to be boxing a fellow off of the frame, who is tentatively identified as the tar in another of Pollard's images in the British Museum.

Our hatless sailor wears close cut and wavy hair, What appears to be a plain neckcloth is tied around his neck, with the knot to the back. His plain shirt does not appear to have its sleeves rolled up, but is tucked into striped trousers that run down to the top of his ankles.

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