Hoisting at Eton

Hoisting at Eton by Sydney P. Hall. 1870. Wood-engraving, 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches. Recollections of Eton, p. 106"

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On the nights . . . after any of the great races have been decided, a peculiar form of ovation takes place, which seems to plunge the whole school into a momentary madness. This is called in Eton language "Hoisting," because the subject of it is hoisted into the air on the shoulders of his supporters. It is generally the captain and steerer of the victorious boat that receive this honour.

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An Etonian [Charles Frederick, d. 1892]. Recollections of Eton. London: Chapman and Hall, 1870.

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