ANONYMOUS (England) The Regatta between Leander Club & London Rowing Club 1891 / 1893 Henley-on-Thames - x +

CN: PHOT1891henl

MT: albumen print on paper mounted on card (43x60 / P:48x68)

DN: Mr. Megakles Rogakos - 2006

CM: The present boat race is the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames in South Oxfordshire, England. As indicated by a sign on the bank's platform at the left side of this print, the regatta is between the Leander Club and the London Rowing Club. As River & Rowing Museum historian Christopher Dodd claims, the year could be either 1891 or 1893, because in both years Leander beat London in the final of the Grand Challenge Cup, in 1891 by barely a length and in 1893 by a length and three-quarters. The finish line is some way to the right of the picture. The Henley Regatta is a rowing event held on the River Thames every year since 1839, becoming known as Henley Royal Regatta in 1851, when Prince Albert became its first royal patron. The Leander Club, founded in 1818 by members of the old "Star" and "Arrow" Clubs, is one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world. It is based in Remenham in the English county of Berkshire, adjoining Henley-on-Thames. The London Rowing Club, founded in 1856 at the instigation of Herbert Harlee Playford (1831-1883), Alexander Alcée Casamajor (1833-1861) and Josias Nottidge (1828-1873) for the purpose of winning medals at Henley Royal Regatta, is one of the oldest rowing clubs on the River Thames, and is regarded as one of the most exclusive and successful rowing clubs in Britain.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2009]