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The Cockpit: 1759

William Hogarth

The Cockpit: 1759
3 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 22cm

Full image caption

'The Cockpit'. Cock fighting - perhaps at the Royal Cockpit, Birdcage Walk, St James's Park. Two cocks fight in a table-top circular arena surrounded by a six-inch wooden rim. Around the table are benches enclosed by a circular wooden barrier, and behind that is a bare brick wall with the royal coat of arms hanging to the left and to the right a broadsheet depiction of 'Nan Rawlings', a cock breeder known as Deptford Nan, with a cock on her knee. At the benches a melee of animated figures lay bets on the outcome and one, a defaulter on previous debts, has been suspended in a basket as punishment but still offers his watch as a stake: his shadow is cast across the fighting arena. At the table a blind man - Lord Albemarle Bertie, 2nd son of the 2nd Duke of Ancaster - takes bets while a thief filches one of his banknotes. A metal admission token is depicted over the lower border of the design.

Image Details

1759 AD - 1759 AD
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© Museum of London

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