George Maynard Restoration
This large oil painting of waterman George Maynard wearing the victor's Doggett coat and badge has just returned from the conservators, thoroughly restored.
1833 Doggett's Coat and Badge Race winner
George Maynard was the winner in 1833 of the oldest sculling contest in the world, the Doggett's Coat & Badge race for London watermen. The race was established in 1715 by the Irish comedian and actor Mr Doggett and is now organised by the Company of Watermen on the River Thames. The prize for the winner is a coat and silver badge, plus a small amount of money. The picture is annotated on the stretcher: 'Mr Maynard', Portland Place, Wandsworth Road. Mr Maynard briefly lived at No.6 Portland Place in the 1860s and died in 1866.