The Boxer: John L. Sullivan by Keelan McMorrow

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The former world-heavyweight champion boxer John L. Sullivan, depicted in a classic pose, as if etched in stone. Sullivan was a hero to many of his fellow Irish-Americans in the late nineteenth century. He was a fighter in the old days when matches could last more than one-hundred rounds and opponents were allowed to kick, wrestle, and gouge as well as punch. After he retired, the great ‘John L.’ helped instate the modern boxing rules that we have today- including the use of gloves!
The original was completed in watercolor and gouache on Arches cold-press, in 2006.


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  • pwruiz
    pwruizover 6 years ago

    beautiful drawing in this, great composition and tensions created…thanks for sharing

  • Damien Mason
    Damien Masonover 6 years ago

    Your colour use in this is just astounding.

  • art4friends
    art4friendsover 6 years ago

    thanks for the comment
    i really like your style~

  • Firedrake
    Firedrakeover 6 years ago

    Bloody hell, where did you come from? Great work

  • Jason Michaels
    Jason Michaelsover 6 years ago

    Classic and considered – very nice.

  • Bones
    Bonesover 6 years ago

    Your art is incredible.

  • Elisabete Nascimento
    Elisabete Nasc...over 6 years ago

    Your work is breath taking…

  • circusgallery
    circusgalleryabout 6 years ago

    outstanding work

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 5 years ago

    a true hero-and man

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