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George Taylor (c. 1710–1758) by Andrew Miller © National Portrait Gallery, London


Taylor, George (c. 1710–1758), pugilist and showman, made his first appearances as a combatant in his teens in the early days of the sport when boxing was only just separating itself from swordplay and cudgelling. He fought at the amphitheatre, half great fairground booth and half theatre, which had been opened by ...