THE FINAL SPURT

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 188 STG170 18
 

Oxford and Cambridge boat crews fighting it out on the River Thames
Oxford and Cambridge boat crews fighting it out on the River Thames

Words:
Woven on silk:-
 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
 
WOVEN IN SILK BY THOMAS STEVENS, INVENTOR AND MANUFACTURER COVENTRY AND LONDON, (REGISTERED.)

THE FINAL SPURT.

Size:
Card-mount:
cm deep by cm wide

silk:
cm high by cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
A pair to "Are You Ready?", though scarcer.
Note: Fine unfaded specimens of both Boat Race pictures show the faces and limbs of the crews in pink, the Cambridge oars in pale blue and the Oxford oars in dark blue.

by Geoffrey Godden:
A landscape view of the finishing stages of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, forming a pair with ARE YOU READY? [st 44 on this site]. (It is interesting to note that, in order to make the two pictures an attractive looking matching pair, the boats in this picture are travelling in the opposite direction from those in the other.)
The subject was first mentioned on label 17 of c. 1880 and continued to be listed into the twentieth century. It is therefore found on card-mounts of type B, C and E - those most often found being mount B [as above], or B1, the later types, C and E, being comparatively rare.

Other comments:
In the image above, the dark blue Oxford University boat is in the foreground, and the lighter blue Cambridge University boat is in the background. This is the same as in the sister silk, "ARE YOU READY?", but as the boats above are travelling left to right, and in "ARE YOU READY?" they are travelling right to left, it means Stevens crossed over the boats. In the actual Boat Race of course, the boats are not allowed to change stations so this is not possible!

 



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