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James Figg: Master of ye Noble Science of Defence

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Title
James Figg: Master of ye Noble Science of Defence
Names
Ireland, Anna Maria (Associated name)
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 (Associated name)
Collection

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1794
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Fig 1
Topics
Figg, James
Fencing -- England -- 18th century
trade cards
Genres
Prints
Forgeries
Notes
Statement of responsibility: Will. Hogarth ft.
Inscription in cartouche reads in full: James Figg, Master of ye Noble Science of Defence on ye right hand in Oxford Road near Adam & Eve court teaches Gentlemen ye use of ye small back sword & Quarterstaff at home & abroad.
Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: According to the British Museum, which holds copies of this print, the inscription "Will. Hogarth ft." is misleading, and the print was actually made by Anna Maria Ireland, the daughter of printmaker Samuel Ireland. In 1965 the art historian Ronald Paulson confirmed that this was a forgery, probably made ca. 1794.
Physical Description
Etchings
Extent: 1 print : etching, b&w ; 30 x 22 cm., plate mark 20 x 17 cm.
Description
Tradecard for the fencing master James Figg, who is depicted at center in shirtsleeves, his right hand holding a sword, his left hand at his hip. A man in hat and coat stands beside him, holding a quarterstaff; a crowd of male spectators await the spectacle.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 826708721
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19763615
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 85aa7fd0-ed3c-0133-2d7a-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1794: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "James Figg" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1794. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2a59a170-f05b-0133-7b74-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "James Figg" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 21, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2a59a170-f05b-0133-7b74-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1794). James Figg Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2a59a170-f05b-0133-7b74-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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James Figg