Books, Art & Film 

 

Boat Race Books 

With scrupulous record keeping since the first race The Boat Race has been a haven for statisticians and commentators, hence there are numerous books starting in the 1870's telling the story of this historic race.

In recent years participants have begun to give more detailed accounts of their time in the squads and Blue Boats, much of this literature is still in print. Read More About Books

Boat Race Books

Battle of the Blues published to coincide with the 150th Race

Boat Race Artworks 

Since the start of The Boat Race artists have been inspired by the spectacle of the event. Numerous works were produced in the second half of the 19th Century while the new century saw the work becoming more playful and being expropriated for commercial purposes.

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Boat Race Artworks

"Spy" cartoons of Boat Race oarsmen from Vanity Fair

London Underground Posters 

From the start of the 20th Century London Underground produced a series of stunning posters promoting the Boat Race. These posters reflected the prevailing trends in art of their day and were undertaken by some of the finest poster artists of their time.

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London Underground Posters

Underground poster produced for the 1928 Boat Race

Boat Race on Film 

Most of the film featuring The Boat Race appears as British Pathe newsreel footage. 

The one major feature film about The Boat Race is True Blue, the story of the 1987 Oxford 'mutiny' adapted from Dan Topolski's book.

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Boat Race on Film

Image from the British Pathe newsreel of the 1932 Race

Race Reports

Race Reports
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The Boat Races: A History

The Boat Races: A History
The Boat Races have a long history, with many significant moments Read more