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An exhibition of pictures of early prize fighters is now on view in the Reading Room of the Union. The group, which has been borrowed from the Widener Library, consists of many original drawings and water colors collected by Evert Jansen Wendell '82. Mr. Wendell, who started to collect material of every description on theatres and athletics while in the University, gathered together a great many pictures. When he died in 1918, he willed his collection to the University Library which was to keep as many as it wished. This donation gives Widener Library the greatest amount of available material in the country on theatres.
There are 16 pictures in the present exhibit, the most interesting of which is the Humphries vs. Mendoza fight. The drawing is entitled "Foul Play; or Humphries and Johnson a Match for Mendoza." This extraordinary match was fought at Odihams in Hampshire on Jan. 9, 1788. After 25 minutes' contest, Mendoza by his superior skill is seen carrying off the honors of the day from his antagonist, when Johnson, after having revived Humphries by pouring cold water on his stomach, and finding him still weak and staggering, intervened.
Other Subjects of Interest.
There are several other prints of interest, one of which is an original drawing of the match between Matthew Houghton and George Shepheard. Cribb vs. Molineaux is a picture of value in showing the interest taken in an early fight. Another good picture is that of John Broughton. It is an excellent example of the type of prize fighter that existed in the 18th century.
It is planned to change the exhibition every week or every two weeks, thus putting before the undergraduates scenes of early theatres, early college life, and athletes. The first change will take place on Monday, March 8, when Early English Pedestrians and Early Athletic views of Harvard will be shown.
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