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"The Art of Wrestling: From Ancient Times to Modern Olympics" Step into the world of wrestling, where strength, skill, and showmanship collide

Background imageWrestler Collection: OLYMPICS: WRESTLING, 1972. Dan Gable of the USA wrestling Kikuo Wada of Japan during the Summer

OLYMPICS: WRESTLING, 1972. Dan Gable of the USA wrestling Kikuo Wada of Japan during the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Photograph, 1972

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestlers Shirley Crabtree alias Big Daddy with fellow British wrestler Martin Ruane

Wrestlers Shirley Crabtree alias Big Daddy with fellow British wrestler Martin Ruane, more commonly known as Giant Haystacks. 15th June 1981

Background imageWrestler Collection: The Athlete Wrestling with a Python, c1880-1882. Artist: A Gilbert

The Athlete Wrestling with a Python, c1880-1882. Artist: A Gilbert
The Athlete Wrestling with a Python, c1880-1882. Etching of the sculpture by Sir Frederic Leighton. A print from Modern Artists, prepared under the direction of FG Dumas, JS Virtue and Co, London

Background imageWrestler Collection: Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900

Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900
Cornish wrestlers, officials, trophies and prizes pictured outside what appears to be the Transvaal miners sports clubhouse

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestling match advertisement, Bolingey, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. 15th May 1839

Wrestling match advertisement, Bolingey, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. 15th May 1839
A poster advertising a wrestling match taking place at Bolingey, Perranzabuloe, on Whit Tuesday, 21st May 1839. The prizes are listed as

Background imageWrestler Collection: Sumo wrestler competing

Sumo wrestler competing, Grand Taikai Sumo Wrestling Tournament, Kokugikan Hall Stadium, Ryogoku district, Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Background imageWrestler Collection: George Hackenschmidt

George Hackenschmidt
GEORGE HACKENSCHMIDT Estonian wrestler, known as the Russian Lion, considered one of the greatest figures in the history of wrestling

Background imageWrestler Collection: Sumo wrestlers practising

Sumo wrestlers practising, Tokyo City, Honshu Island, Japan, Asia

Background imageWrestler Collection: Ahmed Madrali

Ahmed Madrali, Turkish wrestler known as the Terrible Turk, pictured on the front cover of The Tatler in 1904 after losing a match for the world wrestling championship at Olympia against the Russian

Background imageWrestler Collection: Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, pictured with his father, a coal miner

Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, pictured with his father, a coal miner. 2nd November 1974

Background imageWrestler Collection: The Gaiety music hall Chatham

The Gaiety music hall Chatham
Showing the front of the Gaiety, Chatham. Large posters for Florrie Forde and Nellie Colman with Florrie Forde?s name on billboard

Background imageWrestler Collection: Cornish wrestlers, wood block print. 1820-1830

Cornish wrestlers, wood block print. 1820-1830
Cornish wrestlers from a wood block found in a printing office at Liskeard. It was used as a heading for posters and probably dates from around 1820-1830

Background imageWrestler Collection: Westmoreland and Cornish wrestlers, engraving. 1851

Westmoreland and Cornish wrestlers, engraving. 1851
Engraving " Old English Sports at Saville House Leicester Square". The top picture shows " Westmoreland Wrestling

Background imageWrestler Collection: Cartoon impression of the Russo-Japanese War 3 of 5

Cartoon impression of the Russo-Japanese War 3 of 5
Card 3 of 5 - The Wrestlers. A cartoon interpretation of the Russo-Japanese war, acted out by the principal ruling individuals from the International Community

Background imageWrestler Collection: Antaeus Defeated

Antaeus Defeated
Antaeus is a mighty wrestler, but he draws his strength from the Earth, and when he opposes Herakless entry into Africa, he is defeated by being lifted off the ground

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestlers, from Wrestlers, plate 3, 1552. Creator: Dirck Volkertsen Coornhert

Wrestlers, from Wrestlers, plate 3, 1552. Creator: Dirck Volkertsen Coornhert
Wrestlers, from Wrestlers, plate 3, 1552

Background imageWrestler Collection: Two Turkish Wrestlers

Two Turkish Wrestlers
A spectacular postcard photograph of two Turkish wrestlers, showing off their muscles, finely crafted moustaches and bowties!

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestling match

Wrestling match, Naadam festival, Oulaan Bator (Ulaan Baatar), Mongolia, Central Asia, Asia

Background imageWrestler Collection: The Wrestlers, after a Greek original of the 3rd century BC (marble) (b / w photo)

The Wrestlers, after a Greek original of the 3rd century BC (marble) (b / w photo) (see also 31428, 122614)
ALI164867 The Wrestlers, after a Greek original of the 3rd century BC (marble) (b/w photo) (see also 31428, 122614) by Roman; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; Alinari

Background imageWrestler Collection: The Wrestling Scene in As You Like It, 1854 (oil on canvas)

The Wrestling Scene in As You Like It, 1854 (oil on canvas)
1199485 The Wrestling Scene in As You Like It, 1854 (oil on canvas) by Maclise, Daniel (Croquis, Alfred) (1806-70); 129x177.1 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christies Images

Background imageWrestler Collection: Sumo wrestler reading newspaper

Sumo wrestler reading newspaper, Tokyo City, Honshu Island, Japan, Asia

Background imageWrestler Collection: Battle of Austerlitz, between the French Empire

Battle of Austerlitz, between the French Empire

Background imageWrestler Collection: Swiss Wrestlers at a National Festival - May, 1904

Swiss Wrestlers at a National Festival - May, 1904
Swiss Wrestlers at a National Festival at Montreux - 8th May, 1904 Date: 1904

Background imageWrestler Collection: Ayli : Orlando, Wrestler

Ayli : Orlando, Wrestler
Orlando looks apprehensively at the wrestler, while Rosalind and Celia admire him

Background imageWrestler Collection: Pat Connelly, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Pat Connelly, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Pat Connelly, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWrestler Collection: Clyde W. Bame, 12/3/12, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Clyde W. Bame, 12/3/12, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Clyde W. Bame, 12/3/12, 1912

Background imageWrestler Collection: Jim Esson, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Jim Esson, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Jim Esson, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWrestler Collection: J. Lemm, heavy weight wrestler, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

J. Lemm, heavy weight wrestler, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
J. Lemm, heavy weight wrestler, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWrestler Collection: Billy Wood, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Billy Wood, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Billy Wood, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWrestler Collection: Pat Connelly, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Pat Connelly, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Pat Connelly, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWrestler Collection: Peter Gotz - lightweight wrestler of the world, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Peter Gotz - lightweight wrestler of the world, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Peter Gotz - lightweight wrestler of the world, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWrestler Collection: Walter Miller, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Walter Miller, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Walter Miller, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestling sport art

Wrestling sport art
Justyna Jaszke

Background imageWrestler Collection: People of Manipur, India (engraving)

People of Manipur, India (engraving)
8631326 People of Manipur, India (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: People of Manipur, India. Illustration from Black and White)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestling: Ju-Jitsu Style, Japanese Cross Buttock (colour litho)

Wrestling: Ju-Jitsu Style, Japanese Cross Buttock (colour litho)
8628436 Wrestling: Ju-Jitsu Style, Japanese Cross Buttock (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ju-Jitsu Style, Japanese Cross Buttock)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestling: Ju-Jitsu Style, Japanese Side or Ankle Throw (colour litho)

Wrestling: Ju-Jitsu Style, Japanese Side or Ankle Throw (colour litho)
8628432 Wrestling: Ju-Jitsu Style, Japanese Side or Ankle Throw (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ju-Jitsu Style, Japanese Side or Ankle Throw)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestling: Devon and Cornwall Style, The Heave (colour litho)

Wrestling: Devon and Cornwall Style, The Heave (colour litho)
8628431 Wrestling: Devon and Cornwall Style, The Heave (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Devon and Cornwall Style, The Heave)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestling: Devon and Cornwall Style, Double Lock (colour litho)

Wrestling: Devon and Cornwall Style, Double Lock (colour litho)
8628427 Wrestling: Devon and Cornwall Style, Double Lock (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Devon and Cornwall Style, Double Lock)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestling: Catch as Catch Can Style, Knee Grip (colour litho)

Wrestling: Catch as Catch Can Style, Knee Grip (colour litho)
8628419 Wrestling: Catch as Catch Can Style, Knee Grip (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Catch as Catch Can Style, Knee Grip)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Wrestling: Catch as Catch Can Style, Leg Hold and Half-Nelson (colour litho)

Wrestling: Catch as Catch Can Style, Leg Hold and Half-Nelson (colour litho)
8628418 Wrestling: Catch as Catch Can Style, Leg Hold and Half-Nelson (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Catch as Catch Can Style)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Hexham Clarke feeling his opponent (b/w photo)

Hexham Clarke feeling his opponent (b/w photo)
8648475 Hexham Clarke feeling his opponent (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hexham Clarke feeling his opponent)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Boys wrestling (colour litho)

Boys wrestling (colour litho)
8635901 Boys wrestling (colour litho) by Thiele, Carl Robert Arthur (1860-1936); Private Collection; (add.info.: Boys wrestling)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Entry of the Turks into Baghdad, 1534 AD (litho)

Entry of the Turks into Baghdad, 1534 AD (litho)
8660922 Entry of the Turks into Baghdad, 1534 AD (litho) by Dudley, Robert Ambrose (1867-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Entry of the Turks into Baghdad, 1534 AD)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Are we downhearted? No! (colour litho)

Are we downhearted? No! (colour litho)
8656899 Are we downhearted? No! (colour litho) by Browne, Tom (1872-1910); Private Collection; (add.info.: Are we downhearted? No! Wrestling match)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Ancient Greek sports (engraving)

Ancient Greek sports (engraving)
8635021 Ancient Greek sports (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ancient Greek sports. Illustration from Hellas)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Just by that blonde in the third row, Bill (colour litho)

Just by that blonde in the third row, Bill (colour litho)
8656506 Just by that blonde in the third row, Bill (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Just by that blonde in the third row)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Sculpture, digital improved reproduction of an original print 1880 depicting a group of wrestlers

Sculpture, digital improved reproduction of an original print 1880 depicting a group of wrestlers
7278153 Sculpture, digital improved reproduction of an original print 1880 depicting a group of wrestlers; Private Collection; (add.info.: Sculpture)

Background imageWrestler Collection: Two Women Wrestling, Paris, France, c.1600 (copper alloy & varnish)

Two Women Wrestling, Paris, France, c.1600 (copper alloy & varnish)
8724252 Two Women Wrestling, Paris, France, c.1600 (copper alloy & varnish) by Prieur, Barthelemy (c.1536-1611) (attr. to); 21.9x10.2 cm; Wallace Collection, London



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"The Art of Wrestling: From Ancient Times to Modern Olympics" Step into the world of wrestling, where strength, skill, and showmanship collide. In this captivating journey through time, we explore the rich history and diverse cultures that have embraced this exhilarating sport. Our first stop takes us back to the late 19th century with "The Athlete Wrestling with a Python" by A Gilbert. This mesmerizing artwork captures the intensity and physicality of wrestling as our protagonist grapples with a formidable opponent. Fast forward to 1972 in Munich, Germany, where Olympic glory was at stake. Dan Gable from the USA engages in an epic battle against Japan's Kikuo Wada during the Summer Olympics. The determination etched on their faces epitomizes the spirit of competition. Traveling across continents, we arrive in Cornwall for a historic wrestling match advertisement dating back to May 1839. Bolingey becomes a hub of excitement as spectators gather to witness these skilled athletes showcase their Cornish wrestling techniques. Venturing further south brings us to Randfontein in South Africa around 1900. Here we find a group of passionate Cornish wrestlers spreading their love for this traditional sport far from its origins. Their dedication is testament to wrestling's enduring appeal. No exploration would be complete without delving into sumo wrestling – an ancient Japanese tradition steeped in ritual and discipline. Witness these colossal competitors engage in fierce battles that test both their physical prowess and mental fortitude. George Hackenschmidt emerges as another iconic figure within professional wrestling history. His impressive physique combined with technical mastery made him one of the most celebrated wrestlers of his time. But it's not just about male wrestlers; women have left indelible marks too. Shirley Crabtree alias Big Daddy stands tall alongside fellow British wrestler Martin Ruane – two larger-than-life personalities who captivated audiences worldwide with their charisma and skills inside the ring.