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About the work"A Hero Of The People" is a series of linocuts set in the 1950's. They tell the story of British boxer Randolph Turpin and his helpless attempt of defending his world title against the charismatic previous champion Sugar Ray Robinson. It opens with an account of his sending off at Southampton; describes the voyage across the Atlantic, in the course of which he is fed spiked drinks by two gangsters in the pay of his manager; and climaxes with a long description of the fight itself, in which – still feeling the ill-effects of the alcohol – he is defeated. In the early 1980’s Howson made a number of drawing of boxers influenced by his time in the Army but it was not until 1985, when he was artist in residence at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, that the figure of the boxer came to assume a central place in his work.
Signature: Signed in pencil lower right, numbered lower left