NPG Number
5214
Mkey
482
Sitter/Title
Jem Belcher
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
CharlesAllingham
Date made
circa 1800
Medium
oil on canvas
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
jem belcher

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5214

Jem Belcher

by

Charles Allingham

circa 1800

oil on canvas

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Prize fighter of great rapidity ('You heard his blows, you did not see them') and unbeaten until he lost an eye playing at rackets in 1803. Seen here at the height of his powers, wearing a 'belcher', the name given to his style of spotted neckcloths.