|An interesting selection of sporting prints|
|Artists & Series|
|Cecil Aldin||Currier & Ives|
|A.B. Frost||Chromolithographic sport prints|
|From Vanity Fair||Arbuckle trade cards|
|Prints from Harper's Weekly|
and other illustrated newspapers.
|Orme's Foreign Field Sports|
A charming scene of skating from the early nineteenth century. Skating had become a popular outdoor activity in the late Georgian period and it remained so into the Regency, which this lovely aquatint was produced. Formal society had developed appropriate dress and a "proper attitude" for this sport, the latter of which is clearly flaunted by these two rakes. They are clearly more interested in impressing the pair of attractive girls watching than following the dictates of society. This print was published by W. Belch, an English engraver and publisher. It is one of a set of twelve prints showing the appropriate sports for each month. $350
British sporting art became widely popular in the early nineteenth century, and this popularity has continued until today. Prints of the British gentry, dressed in sporting costume in the field or at a social event, have been produced and enjoyed as much as any other kind of print subject. The mid-nineteenth century was the brightest period in the history of these wonderful sporting images, but the later period, from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century, had a star of considerable luminance. Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) was one of the most popular and successful of all British sporting artists. Much of Aldin's work consists of illustrations for sporting books and periodicals, but he is probably best known for his prints of hunts, coaching, races and golfing. Aldin's renown is based on his charming compositions and skilled accuracy. This is a classic skating print by Aldin. $550
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Thomas Webster. "Foot Ball." London: Moore, McQueen & Co., 1864. 15 5/8 x 35 5/8. Engraving by Henry Lemon. Wide margins. Some light ink striping in sky. Otherwise, very good condition. In period frame. Denver.
An impressive engraving showing an early form of soccer, the village sport of "foot ball." In this game, a large group of children would try to kick a round ball through goals, usually in the fields near a village. It was a rough sport-as shown in this print-but remained popular. It wasn't until the mid-nineteenth century that the more formal sports of rugby and soccer took on their rules; this print shows the earlier, village form of the game. $1,850
Frederick B. Schell. "The Centennial - The Regatta Course on the Schuylkill, Fairmount Park." From Harper's Weekly. New York, September 9, 1876. 13 3/4 x 9 1/4. Wood engraving. $225
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Schell & Hogan. "The New Grounds of the Metropolitan Baseball Club on Staten Island." From Harper's Weekly. New York, May 15, 1886. 6 5/8 x 9 1/8. Wood engraving. $145
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"The 'Westward Ho!' Ladies' Golf Club At Biddeford, Devon." From The Graphic. London: June 7, 1873. 8 7/8 x 11 5/8. Wood engraving.
An early British wood engraved view of a ladies' golf tournament. $225
Rufus F. Zogbaum. A day with the [Prairie] Chickens. From A.C. Gould (ed.) Sport, or Fishing and Shooting. Boston: Bradlee Whidden, 1889-90. Chromolithograph. 12 x 18. Small blemish in sky. Otherwise, very good condition.
A handsome sporting print from Gould's portfolio of chromolithographs after original watercolors by an impressive group of American artists including A.B. Frost, F.S. Cozzens, Frederic Remington, S.F. Denton, and Rufus T. Zogbaum. $450
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"Dexter." New York: Thomas Kelly, 1867. Large folio. 17 x 24 5/8. Lithograph. Original hand tinting. Some very light stains. Overall, very good condition. $950
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W.A. Donnelly. "Renton v. West Bromwich Albion For The International Championship." From The Illustrated Sporting And Dramatic News. London, June 2, 1888. 13 1/2 x 9 1/8. Wood engraving. Very good condition.
A wonderful collage of scenes from an early soccer (association football) championship, showing the teams, spectators, and part of the action of the game. $115
Harold Speed. "An Ice Carnival at 'Niagara'." From The Graphic. London, January 18, 1896. 11 x 8 1/4. Screen print. Very good condition.
A charming skating scene of a carnival on ice at the end of the 19th century. $65
P.C. Canot after James Seymour. "Brushing into Cover." London: Robert Sayer, ca. 1750. 11 1/2 x 17 5/8. Engraving by P.C. Canot. Excellent condition.
James Seymour (1702-1752) was one of the best sporting artists from the first half of the eighteenth century. Much of his work was made for or turned into prints with such various subjects as fox hunting, bird hunting, racing, and other similar sports. This print is one of his rarest, a lovely scene of fox hunting engraved after a painting owned by a Mr. Ballard. The print was engraved by P.C. Canot and published by Robert Sayer, both important figures in the world of prints in eighteenth century England. The impression is excellent, as is the condition, making this rare image a real gem from this early period of sporting prints. $1,200
"The Interior of the Fives Court." Credits read, "Painted by T. Blake" and "Engraved by C[harles]. Turner." [London, 1821, but later]. Aquatint (hand coloring). [The printer was McQueen]. 15 1/4 x 21 5/8 (image) plus full margins. Laid paper. Repaired 2" chip replaced at right margins and tear into title at bottom. A clear depiction. Ref.: Siltzer, The Story of British Sporting Prints, pp. 320-1, 325.
The Five Courts was in James Street, Haymarket. According to Siltzer, it was the "great rendezvous of all the elite and the Fancy." The scene is a prize fight between Randall and Turner on 5 December 1818 in a court which was usually used for tennis. Note the corner house and the grills on the spectators' windows to the right.
The purpose of the picture was to celebrate the many famous people who attended matches over the decades. Thus, focus is not on the fight but rather centers on the crowd where a cavalry guardsman named Larkin has prominence due to his plumed hat. He was so successful as a boxer that he at one time planned to leave the guard. Another guardsman, kneeling front and center, is an anachronism because Jemmy Shaw was killed at the Battle of Waterloo three years before the event. Whether living or dead, these gentlemen are all looking out at the viewer and not at the fight. Even the Master of Ceremonies, the referee, Lennox, is looking away from the fight. Still, this is a fine sporting print because it shows the fighters in their traditional stances. At bottom, left, two boys are inspired to have their own round of fisticuffs, while the rest of the crowd engages in other important pursuits, such as drinking and conversation. A fine British sporting print that has interest for prize fighting and court tennis. $850
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