Amateur Wrestling Collectibles Gallery
Artwork & Prints though the 19th Century


Although not a piece of art, this is the world's oldest wrestling manual fragment,
the Oxyrhynchus Papyrus (MS P.Oxy.III.466), a second century Greek
scroll describing holds and moves not at Columbia University, New York City.


Drawing for the choir of the Cistercian, Eglise de Cambria (Church of Cambria) in France, 1200-1240.
Architect- Villard de Honnecourt, from the National Museum of France (Paris)


1475 sketch of two peasants wrestling

Russian Maslentisa Festival wrestling scene


1459 folio 52r of the MS Thott.290.2º at the Royal Library in Copenhagen by Hans Talhoffer (left)
1467 folio 99r of the Codex Icon 394a at the Bavarian State Library in Munich by Hans Talhoffer (right)


1512 folio 49v of the MS 26-232 at the Albertina in Vienna by Albrecht Dürer

16th century print


Michaelangelo "Study for a Group of Wrestlers"


1500's Two Boys wrestling ink
drawing by Marcantono Raimondi

1500's Luca Signorelli drawing


1620 "Hercules Wrestling Achelous"
by Guido Reni

1600's "I Lottatori"
by Cesare Francanzano


1650 "A Wrestling Match" oil painting by Michael Sweerts

1650 Krishna and Balarama fight Kamsa wrestlers (Ancient
Stories of Lord Vishnu) India Madhya Pradesh, Malwa


undated painting

1700's Italian sketch


1771 Pierre L'Enfant charcoal drawing

1781 Breslau print


1786 print

1804 Tonga wrestling


1805-20 Northumberland match sketch

1810 English print


1820's Swiss wrestling scene


1820 Santo Inejeangros print

1824 Mulready


1825 wrestling bout, Arthur Shepard


1827 unknown print


1828 German print

1834 Chinese print


1841 Italian print

1842 Sir John Everett Millais print


1845 Indian hand colored steel engraving

1853 Gustave Courbet print


1800's "Wrestling in the Amphitheater in Nimes" by Emile Rouargue


1857 Japanese print

1863 Japanese print


1868 Laos funeral games


1870 The Wrestlers by Franz von Fregger


1870 print, Agricultural Hall in Islington, London

1873 print, Madagascar Royalty match


1875 Alex Falguiere print

1875 print, Wrestling at Little Bridge, Great Britain


1876 print, Grasmere Lakeland Sports, Great Britain

1876 print, Swiss wrestling scene, Munich


1876 print, Swiss wrestling match

1876 Burmese scene


1876 "Jacob and the Angel" by Leon Bonnat


"The Guicowar of Baroda's Wrestlers" from
The Illustrated London News, February 17, 1877

1878 Indian troups print


1885 print

1885 print


1880's German Print

1880's German Print

1890 German Print


1888 Breton Boys Wrestling by Paul Gauguin

1890 Paul Serusier, Breton wrestling


Late 1880's Anschultz drawing

1890 Friant print

1890 French print of a sculpture by
Alexandre Louis Marie Charpentier
Musée d'Orsay, Paris


1890 print Bauer (FR) vs. Miller (US)

1890 Hackenschmidt vs. Madgali print


1891 A Winter's Morning in Cornell


Faive print

1893 Swiss Wrestlers (unknown)


1899 French print

1899 French Print


1899 French Print

1896 The Wrestlers of the Stone Age by Stuart G. Davis


1899 Thomas Eakins sketch for final work

1899 Thomas Eakins sketch for final work


1899 Thomas Eakins painting

1899 Thomas Eakins (print?)


1899 color print by H. B. Wieland


19th century French work

19th century Russian work


1899 French print of holds


unknown Munka (Manipuri wrestling) engraving from photograph


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