Guinness lithograph by David Gentleman titled ‘Doggett’s Coat and Badge’ was made circa 1956. Inscribed ‘Doggett’s Coat and Badge’ by David Gentleman A.R.C.A., inspired by Guinness Book of Records‘ , printed by the Curwen Press.
There is a light scattering on foxing in margins of sheet, small nick in lower margin, else good.
Sheet size 38 x 50cm
‘Doggett’s Coat and Badge is the prize and name for the oldest rowing race in the world. Up to six apprentice watermen of the River Thames in England compete for this prestigious honour, which has been held every year since 1715. The 4 miles 5 furlongs (7,400 m) race is held on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier,Chelsea, passing under a total of eleven bridges en route. Originally, it was raced every 1 August against the outgoing (falling or ebb) tide, in the boats used by watermen to ferry passengers across the Thames. Today it is raced at a date and time in late July that coincides with the incoming (rising or flood) tide, in contemporary single sculling boats.
The winner’s prize is a traditional watermen’s red coat with a silver badge added, displaying the horse of the House of Hanover and the word “Liberty”, in honour of the accession of George 1 to the throne.In addition, each competitor to complete the course receives a miniature of a Doggett’s Badge for their lapel in a ceremony at Watermen’s Hall, in silver for the winner and in bronze for the others.
David Gentleman artist, designer, printmaker, illustrator & author. Born and lived in London his father also an artist, Tom Gentleman. He attended St.Alban’s Art School 1947-8 and 1950. He studied illustration at the Royal College of Art under Edward Bawden and John Nash in 1953-5, then went freelance He has worked in watercolour, lithography and wood engraving at scales ranging from the platform-length murals for Charing Cross underground station in London to postage stamps and logos. His wood engraved platform-length mural at Charing Cross underground station is well-known to Londoners. His most recent books are In The Country (2014) and London You’re Beautiful (2012). Earlier books include David Gentleman’s Britain and companion books on London, Coastline, Paris, India and Italy. He has published lithographs and screen prints and designed British postage stamps, logos and coins. Solo shows include Mercury Gallery in 1970, a Retrospective at The Fine Art Society in 2004.
His work is represented in Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and private collections.
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