Racing culture, betting, and sporting protomodernity: the 1750 Newmarket Carriage Match

Huggins, Mike ORCID logo ORCID: (2015) Racing culture, betting, and sporting protomodernity: the 1750 Newmarket Carriage Match. Journal of Sport History, 42 (3). pp. 322-339. Full text not available from this repository.

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This paper offers a microstudy, deconstructing the meaning and significance of a famous carriage (or chaise) match at Newmarket in 1750 and a contemporary painting of the event. It uses these as a starting point to explore its relationship to debates about the early modern period and modernity. It analyzes the details of the carriage match, exploring its visual and print representations and its cultural context. It further argues that, for many sports at this time, the development of more formal regulations was driven by gambling and that gambling’s centrality needs to be recognized better. It then analyzes the event’s relationship to modernity issues such as scientific rationality, quantification, record keeping, and emerging bureaucratization. Finally, the essay shows how, rather than being mere servants or grooms, at least some of those involved were able to achieve high levels of wealth and status. This suggests that mid-eighteenth-century England had already moved toward further modernity in sports such as racing than has been assumed.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Sport History
Publisher: University of Illinois Press for The North American Society for Sport History
ISSN: 2155-8455
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Humanities
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2017 17:01
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 14:30
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