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Sporting Prints from Harper's Weekly
and other illustrated newspapers

Harper's Weekly was a New York based newspaper in the last half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Along with a number of other American and British weekly illustrated newspapers, Harper's presented a mixture of news stories, gossip, poetry, and most notably, wood-engraved illustrations. These pictures remain one of the best sources for lively, informative images of nineteenth-century America. With photographs in a primitive stage, and no television, it is through these illustrations that much of the country got its visual information about the events, personalities and places of the time. These illustrations are also one of the few sources we have today for these same things, including the early days of many of today's popular sports.


The Chess Players
Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier. "The Chess Players." From Appletons' Journal. New York: September 11, 1869. 6 1/8 x 6 1/8. Cover illustration. Wood engraving. Very good condition. $60

Leslie Ward. "'Football At The Wall' At Eton." From The Graphic. London, January 29, 1876. 11 3/4 x 19 3/4. Wood engraving. An unusual variation of early football played only at Eton. The game is somewhat similar to rugby, allowing the ball to be carried. $165

Tennis in Central ParkTennis
W.T. Smedley. "The North Meadows, Central Park." From Supplement to Harper's Weekly. New York, October 5, 1889. 13 3/4 x 20 1/2. Wood engraving.
A charming scene of tennis in Central Park. $275
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Centennial - The Regatta Course
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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Trout-Fishing in PA
W.T. Smedley. "Trout-Fishing in a Pennsylvania Stream - An Anxious Moment." From Harper's Weekly. New York, April 15, 1899. 9 1/4 x 13 1/2. Relief halftone. Hand color. Rust stains along centerfold from binding staples. $95
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Game of 'Polo'Polo
"The Game of 'Polo.'" From Harper's Weekly. September 5, 1874. 11 3/4 x 19 3/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition. $250
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Skating Arena
"St. John, New Brunswick, Skating Rink - The Exterior" and "St. John, New Brunswick, Skating Rink - The Interior" From Harper's Weekly. February 2, 1867. 11 3/4 x 9 1/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition. $95

After photograph by Brady. "The 'All-England Eleven' Cricketers and Their Umpire." With six vignette scenes of cricket action and text on the international cricket match. From Harper's Weekly. New York, October 3, 1868. Wood engravings. Full sheet images and text. $135

Joy of the Game of Foot-ballFootball
Frederick Barnard. "The Ardor and the Joy of a Game at Foot-Ball." November 10, 1888. 9 x 13 1/2. Wood engraving. This delightful scene focuses on the spectators, the football match shown from the stands. $175
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Riverside DriveBicycling
T. De Thulstrup. "Wheeling On Riverside Drive." From Harper's Weekly. New York, July 17, 1886. 13 5/8 x 19 7/8. Wood engraving. Very good condition. $225
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BowlingBowling (detail)
Frank O. Small. "At The Bowling Club - Rolling For A Ten Strike." From Harper's Weekly. New York, March 19, 1892. 13 1/2 x 9. Wood engraving.
A very early print of the game we still play today. $85

"Football Sketches: 'Boys Versus Men-The Rival Teams.' and 'Running With The Ball.'" From The Graphic. London, April 3, 1880. Two images, each ca. 5 1/2 x 8 3/4. Wood engravings.
Two Rugby images; one a cartoon the other an image of a player "Running With The Ball." $135


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