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Between Rounds,1898-99, by Thomas Eakins.
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A large arena filled with spectators as they watch a boxer sitting in his corner. His manager looks down at him while the referee prepares to throw in the white towel. Sitting at a table, the announcer awaits the decision.

Credit: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art,Gift of Mrs. Thomas Eakins and Miss Mary Adeline Williams, 1929

The inherent drama of boxing has appealed to artists and writers from the first recorded bout - in Homer's "Iliad." The paintings of Philadelphia's Thomas Eakins, an avid outdoorsman and sportsman, captured the grace of several of the day's popular contests, including this gripping 1899 depiction. Eakins based this painting on a sketch he made of "Turkey Point" Billy Smith, a journeyman professional fighter he watched box at the Arena Athletic Club on North Broad Street the night of April 22, 1898.

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