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Competitor Collection

"Unleashing the Spirit of Competition: From Harold Abrahams to Jesse Owens, athletes have pushed boundaries and shattered records throughout history

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Harold Abrahams wins 100m - 1924 Olympics

Harold Abrahams wins 100m - 1924 Olympics
Harold Maurice Abrahams, CBE, (18991978) - a British athlete of Jewish origin. He was champion in the 100 metres sprint at the 1924 Olympics in Paris (July 7th)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: T. T. Races in Isle Of Man - British Isles - J Guthrie on Norton TopFoto

T. T. Races in Isle Of Man - British Isles - J Guthrie on Norton TopFoto
T.T. Races in Isle Of Man - British Isles - J Guthrie on " Norton " © TopFoto

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Oxford and Cambridge Chess Match, 19th century

Oxford and Cambridge Chess Match, 19th century

Background imageCompetitor Collection: The Ironstein Theory of Golf, by William Heath Robinson

The Ironstein Theory of Golf, by William Heath Robinson
A prospective competitor in our 500 golf contest makes one of those fance drives that are so bewildering to the ordinary member of a local golf club

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Minoan art. Greece. 16th century B. C. Fresco of boxing kids

Minoan art. Greece. 16th century B. C. Fresco of boxing kids
Minoan art. Greece. 16th century B.C. Fresco of boxing kids. Fight between two teens provided with gloves and a belt. Painted stucco. Room B1 from Akrotiri (Thera). (1550-1500 BC)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Too Fishy

Too Fishy
Unsportsmanlike tactics of a competitor at a recent fishing tournament at Hampstead Ponds. Humorous illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: The departure of an automobile rally, 1931. Artist: Guy Sabran

The departure of an automobile rally, 1931. Artist: Guy Sabran
The departure of an automobile rally, 1931. A print from the front cover of the magazine L Illustration, 3 October 1931

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Eugen Sandow, in classical ancient Greco-Roman pose, c. 1894 (b / w photo)

Eugen Sandow, in classical ancient Greco-Roman pose, c. 1894 (b / w photo)
DGC437487 Eugen Sandow, in classical ancient Greco-Roman pose, c.1894 (b/w photo) by Falk, Benjamin J. (1853-1925); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Italian national football team, Berlin Olympics, 1936

Italian national football team, Berlin Olympics, 1936. Italy won the gold medal, beating Austria in the final. A print from Olympia 1936, Die Olympischen Spiele 1936, Volume II

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Athletes Frank Wykoff, Paul Hanni, Ralph Metcalfe and Jesse Owens, Berlin Olympics, 1936

Athletes Frank Wykoff, Paul Hanni, Ralph Metcalfe and Jesse Owens, Berlin Olympics, 1936. Americans Owens, Metcalfe and Wykoff finished first

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Motor racing in the 1950s

Motor racing in the 1950s
Reg Parnells maiden BRM V16 win Goodwood, England, 30th September 1950. Date: 1950

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Dorando Pietri finishing the first modern Olympic marathon, London, 1908

Dorando Pietri finishing the first modern Olympic marathon, London, 1908. The marathon at the London Olympics of 1908 was run in ususually hot conditions

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Surfing championships at Newquay, Cornwall

Surfing championships at Newquay, Cornwall
A competitor in the surfing championships at Newquay in Cornwall

Background imageCompetitor 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 imageCompetitor Collection: The Milan Automobile Week, Departure of the competitors for the Italian Grand Prix Vetturette

The Milan Automobile Week, Departure of the competitors for the Italian Grand Prix Vetturette (colour litho)
2809135 The Milan Automobile Week, Departure of the competitors for the Italian Grand Prix Vetturette (colour litho) by Beltrame

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Jesse Owens at the start of the 200 metres at the Berlin Olympic Games, 1936

Jesse Owens at the start of the 200 metres at the Berlin Olympic Games, 1936. Owens setting off on the way to one of his four gold medals at the 1936 games

Background imageCompetitor Collection: LONDON: ROWING, 1865. Procession of the London Boat Clubs on the Thames River

LONDON: ROWING, 1865. Procession of the London Boat Clubs on the Thames River, the opening ceremony of the Thames Rowing Season. Wood engraving, English, April 1865

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Start of a Womens Sledging Competition

Start of a Womens Sledging Competition
Start of a Womens Luge (Sledging) Competition at the Hotel Bristol in the Territet Suburb of Montreux Switzerland. Date: 1909

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Bert Myers, bicycle racing man. Drawing, 1890

Bert Myers, bicycle racing man. Drawing, 1890
BICYCLING, 1890. Bert Myers, bicycle racing man. Drawing, 1890

Background imageCompetitor Collection: High jump JLP01_08_046949

High jump JLP01_08_046949
Laing Sports Ground, Rowley Lane, Elstree, Barnet, Greater London. A man performing a high jump during a sports day at Laings Elstree Sports Club

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Cyclist Anderson, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service

Cyclist Anderson, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
Cyclist Anderson, 1910.

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Army rifle shooting, Olympic games, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Army rifle shooting, Olympic games, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Army rifle shooting, Olympic games, 1912. 5th Olympic Games, held in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1912.

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Fighting Goats, c.1920 (cut paper laid down on tissue)

Fighting Goats, c.1920 (cut paper laid down on tissue)
1767558 Fighting Goats, c.1920 (cut paper laid down on tissue) by Diederich, Wilhelm Hunt (1884-1953); 36.8x27.9 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christie's Images

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Elisha's telephone, 1896

Elisha's telephone, 1896
3479287 Elisha's telephone, 1896; (add.info.: Elisha's telephone, dated 1896. Created by Elisha Gray (2nd August 1835 - 21st 1901)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Elisha Gray's telephone, 1896

Elisha Gray's telephone, 1896
3479295 Elisha Gray's telephone, 1896; (add.info.: Elisha's telephone, dated 1896. Created by Elisha Gray (2nd August 1835 - 21st 1901)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Elisha Gray's telephone, 1879

Elisha Gray's telephone, 1879
3479317 Elisha Gray's telephone, 1879; (add.info.: Elisha Gray's telephone, as described in his patent caveat of 14th February 1876)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Elisha Gray's telephone, 1879

Elisha Gray's telephone, 1879
3479315 Elisha Gray's telephone, 1879; (add.info.: Elisha Gray's telephone, as described in his patent caveat of 14th February 1876)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Wall telephone, 1879

Wall telephone, 1879
3479331 Wall telephone, 1879; (add.info.: Wall telephone designed by Elisha Gray and used widely in the Western States of the U.S. From George B)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Impression of Elisha Gray, 1890

Impression of Elisha Gray, 1890
3479314 Impression of Elisha Gray, 1890; (add.info.: Artist's impression of Elisha Gray presenting his caveat for his telephone at the United States Patent Office at 4 p.m)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Publicity Poster for the Valencian Regional Exposition Cycling Contest, 1909 (oil on canvas)

Publicity Poster for the Valencian Regional Exposition Cycling Contest, 1909 (oil on canvas)
IND54621 Publicity Poster for the Valencian Regional Exposition Cycling Contest, 1909 (oil on canvas); Private Collection; Index Fototeca

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Queen Isabella of Bavaria, (gouache over traces of pencil on whatman board)

Queen Isabella of Bavaria, (gouache over traces of pencil on whatman board)
827464 Queen Isabella of Bavaria, (gouache over traces of pencil on whatman board) by Dulac, Edmund (1882-1953); 33.4x30.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Queen Isabella of Bavaria)

Background imageCompetitor Collection: The Gathering of the Highland Clans at Braemar Castle, in the presence of the Prince and... 1864

The Gathering of the Highland Clans at Braemar Castle, in the presence of the Prince and... 1864. Creator: Unknown
The Gathering of the Highland Clans at Braemar Castle, in the presence of the Prince and Princess of Wales, 1864. Engraving from a sketch by Mr

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Shamrock II & Columbia just after start, Oct. 1, 1901, 1901 Oct 1. Creator: Unknown

Shamrock II & Columbia just after start, Oct. 1, 1901, 1901 Oct 1. Creator: Unknown
Shamrock II & Columbia just after start, Oct. 1, 1901, 1901 Oct 1

Background imageCompetitor Collection: The Finish, Columbia on the line, Sept. 28, 1901, c1901. Creator: Unknown

The Finish, Columbia on the line, Sept. 28, 1901, c1901. Creator: Unknown
The Finish, Columbia on the line, Sept. 28, 1901, c1901

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Constitution and Columbia, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Constitution and Columbia, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Constitution and Columbia, 1901

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Reliance and Shamrock III coming for the line, Aug. 22, 03, 1903 Aug 22, c1903. Creator: Unknown

Reliance and Shamrock III coming for the line, Aug. 22, 03, 1903 Aug 22, c1903. Creator: Unknown
Reliance and Shamrock III coming for the line, Aug. 22, 03, 1903 Aug 22, c1903

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Rowing competition, 1829-1879. Creator: Ary Pleijsier

Rowing competition, 1829-1879. Creator: Ary Pleijsier
Rowing competition, 1829-1879. Spectators watch from a grandstand with Dutch flags and from sloops in the water

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Le 'Cross' des allies a Auteuil; le bataillon des concurrents francais, anglais et belges

Le "Cross" des allies a Auteuil; le bataillon des concurrents francais, anglais et belges passe devant les tribunes du champ decourses. 1916. From "Collection de la Guerre IV

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Start, forty footers, August 18, 1890, 1890 August 18. Creator: Unknown

Start, forty footers, August 18, 1890, 1890 August 18. Creator: Unknown
Start, forty footers, August 18, 1890, 1890 August 18

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Start, Goelet Cup Race, August 5, 1887, 1887 Aug 5. Creator: Unknown

Start, Goelet Cup Race, August 5, 1887, 1887 Aug 5. Creator: Unknown
Start, Goelet Cup Race, August 5, 1887, 1887 Aug 5

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Columbia and Shamrock I after the start, Oct. 19, 99, 1899 Oct 19. Creator: Unknown

Columbia and Shamrock I after the start, Oct. 19, 99, 1899 Oct 19. Creator: Unknown
Columbia and Shamrock I after the start, Oct. 19, 99, 1899 Oct 19. Columbia was an American racing yacht designed and built in 1898-99 by Nathanael Herreshoff

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Shamrock I before the start, Oct. 17, 99, c1899. Creator: Unknown

Shamrock I before the start, Oct. 17, 99, c1899. Creator: Unknown
Shamrock I before the start, Oct. 17, 99, c1899

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Columbia and Shamrock I, ready for the start, Oct. 7, 99, 1899 Oct 7. Creator: Unknown

Columbia and Shamrock I, ready for the start, Oct. 7, 99, 1899 Oct 7. Creator: Unknown
Columbia and Shamrock I, ready for the start, Oct. 7, 99, 1899 Oct 7

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Columbia and Defender, Aug. 12, 1899, c1899. Creator: Unknown

Columbia and Defender, Aug. 12, 1899, c1899. Creator: Unknown
Columbia and Defender, Aug. 12, 1899, c1899

Background imageCompetitor Collection: Valkyrie rounding outer mark Oct. 5, 1893, 1893 Oct 5. Creator: Unknown

Valkyrie rounding outer mark Oct. 5, 1893, 1893 Oct 5. Creator: Unknown
Valkyrie rounding outer mark Oct. 5, 1893, 1893 Oct 5

Background imageCompetitor Collection: U.S.S. Oregon, waiting for the gong, between 1896 and 1901. Creator: Edward H Hart

U.S.S. Oregon, waiting for the gong, between 1896 and 1901. Creator: Edward H Hart
U.S.S. Oregon, waiting for the gong, between 1896 and 1901

Background imageCompetitor Collection: The start, October 9, 1893, c1893. Creator: Henry Greenwood Peabody

The start, October 9, 1893, c1893. Creator: Henry Greenwood Peabody
The start, October 9, 1893, c1893

Background imageCompetitor Collection: American, America's Cup races, 1901, 1901. Creator: Johns Johnston

American, America's Cup races, 1901, 1901. Creator: Johns Johnston
American, America's Cup races, 1901, 1901




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"Unleashing the Spirit of Competition: From Harold Abrahams to Jesse Owens, athletes have pushed boundaries and shattered records throughout history. The 1924 Olympics witnessed an extraordinary feat as Harold Abrahams sprinted his way to victory in the 100m race, etching his name in sporting history. Meanwhile, on the British Isles, J Guthrie showcased unparalleled skill at the T. T. Races in Isle Of Man astride a powerful Norton motorcycle. Traveling back even further in time, Minoan art from Greece's 16th century B. C. Reveals a captivating fresco depicting young boxing prodigies honing their craft. This ancient display of athleticism serves as a testament to mankind's enduring fascination with physical prowess. Speaking of strength and grace, Eugen Sandow captivated audiences with his classical Greco-Roman poses captured beautifully in black and white photographs dating back to 1894. His chiseled physique became an inspiration for generations to come. Not limited solely to individual sports, competition also thrives within team settings such as Shakespeare's "As You Like It, " where wrestlers engage in fierce battles on canvas through oil paintings that capture every intense moment. Beyond athletics lies another realm of rivalry – automobile racing. From exhilarating departures at rallies like Guy Sabran's depiction of a roaring start during the Milan Automobile Week or competitors vying for victory at the Italian Grand Prix Vetturette; these events ignite passion among both drivers and spectators alike. Even chess possesses its own brand of competitive fervor as Oxford and Cambridge engage in intellectual warfare during their annual match-up spanning centuries. From land to sea, competitions take various forms - including surfing championships off Cornwall's Newquay coast where skilled wave riders showcase their mastery over nature’s forces while seeking glory atop crashing waves. " In every corner of human endeavor lies a competitor eager for triumph – whether it be on tracks or fields, inside arenas or on the open road.