Putney Bridge - the return: 1872
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Putney Bridge - the return: 1872

Gustave Doré

© Museum of London

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An illustration of the Boat Race at Putney Bridge from 'London, a Pilgrimage' by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, 1872. Jerrold describes the scene, with the Oxford and Cambridge rowers approaching 'amid frantic shouting, amid a snow-storm of pocket handkerchiefs and delirious ravings of purple-faced betting men'. The rowers are followed by a 'helter skelter' of steamers 'hidden under their human burden and gay with bunting'. On the bridge the varied crowd includes children, a soldier, two Black musicians and a Chinese man.




1872 AD - 1872 AD

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