Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race

  • October 2018

I was pleased to be commissioned by the Thames Festival Trust to be part of Totally Thames 2018 to create portraits of previous winners and participants of the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge.

Since 1715, the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge has been passionately rowed by apprentice river workers on the Thames. It is believed to be the oldest continually competed sporting event in the world. Despite its fascinating history, little of Doggett’s is documented and it has long been overshadowed by the much more famous Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

The project is a Thames Festival Trust commission supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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