John C. Heenan, Champion of the World., Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Man seated in brown suit, elbow on red covered table. Man’s lifetime statistics detailed below image.

This seated three-quarter-length portrait depicts the boxer John C. Heenan, who often fought under the name “Benicia Boy”, a reference to the town where he lived in California. His career lasted from 1858 until 1863. He gained several titles after fighting and defeating fighters John Morrissey and Tom King. One of Heenan’s most significant international fights, against Thomas Sayer from Britain, ended in a draw because the spectators rushed the ring.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Hand-colored lithograph
13 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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