Mahonri Mackintosh Young (1877-1957)
Jim Corbett
inscribed 'MAHONRI' (on the base)--stamped 'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS. N.Y.' (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
19½ in. (49.5 cm.) high

C. Ruxton Love, Jr., New York.
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York.
James J. Shapiro, acquired from the above, 1972.
By descent to the present owner from the above.
New York, Gallery of Modern Art, The Twenties Revisited, June 29-September 6, 1965.
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James "Gentleman Jim" Corbett rose to boxing fame in 1892 after knocking out the popular John Sullivan in a 21-round match. This victory named him World Heavyweight Champion, a title he held until 1897. Concentrating on strategy over force, Corbett's analytical style and innovative defense techniques famously started the movement that became known as scientific boxing. Although his career spanned only 20 fights, he was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954. Unlike Young's other boxing subjects shown mid-swing or after a knockdown, this cast presents Corbett in a protective stance, forever preserving the strategy that made him a champion.

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