Let’s look at where we are in terms of what Bendigo looked like.
It is difficult to find an image of Bendigo from back in the day. One photograph has surfaced that appears to be from after he retired in 1850. He looks very smart and is possibly now involved with the church. We know he joined the church in 1872, when photography was still in the early stages of development. It is worth noting that it was 1890 before photographs started to replace drawings in newspapers.
This is a copy of probably the only photograph of Bendigo.
During his career there are a handful of paintings, mainly depicting his fights, with Ben Caunt in particular attracting attention. This one was used for the cover of the most accurate book on his life. Don’t forget that you can order the book from us and proceeds will go to the fund.
In 1841, Nottingham’s first portrait photographer began operating. Sport photography was a long way off. In 1845 Bendigo beat Ben Caunt in the rematch. The fight was 93 rounds lasting 2 hours ans 10 minutes. A good reason to record the event was in a painting.
There was also a portrait of him painted.
But who was responsible for these images?
When and where were they created?
A few weeks ago we reported on a Fine Art student who had been inspired to do a project on Bendigo. This has now been completed and here are the results. The artist Lynne Tillyard has given us permission to use the images in our fundraising. They will be available on T-shirts very soon. They are modern, vibrant and celebrating what Bendigo means to Nottingham and the sport of boxing. They are brilliant. One hundred and sixty seven years after he died, people still want to get to know him. Look out for the crooked nose.
Conan Doyle wrote in Bendigo’s Sermon in 1911.
You didn’t know of Bendigo! Well, that knocks me out! Who’s your board school teacher? What’she been about?
Chock-a-block with fairy-tales — full of useless cram,And never heard o’ Bendigo, the pride of Nottingham!
The next image is based the only photograph we have. It shows Bendigo in his prime. Serious and ready to fight.
What about this one?
Some of the most common styles of graffiti use names within the image, known as a tag, it is simply his or her personalised signature. Tags can contain subtle and sometimes cryptic messages, and may incorporate the artist’s crew initials or other letters. This is Bendigo fighting out of poverty.
Contact us for information on merchandise bearing these new images.