Beyond individual cultivation, boxing was a spectator sport.  A superb lithographic portrait by Eliphalet M. Brown presents the champion bare-knuckle boxer Tom Hyer as an American hero, standing in an outdoor ring, in a mountainous landscape with lake and trees. The triumphant athlete wears and American flag as his sash. The portrait is augmented by text informing the viewer that Hyer, born in New York City on January 1, 1819, weighs 182 ½ pounds and stands 6 feet, one inch tall. It also records Hyer’s victories in important matches in 1841 and 1849.  While very much a representation of an individual, the pose and setting cast Hyer as a symbol of America. Pictorially, the greatness of man and country are merged, confident and strong, ready to take on anything.  

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