|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|
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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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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"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
"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
Williams. "Randall, the Irish Lad and Belasco, the Jew Champion." London: Fores, ca. 1817. Later 19th c. strike. 8 3/4 x 12 1/4. Drawn from life and etched by Williams. Hand color. $325
Charles Cromwell Ingham (1796/7 - 1863). "William Fuller. From the Original Painting in the possession of the Gymnasium of New York." New York: 1823. 19 3/4 x 13 5/8. Engraved by A.B. Durand. Stauffer, 586. Old vertical crease at right, and expertly repaired tear 3" into upper right of image; spots in margins. Margin at right, top and bottom are all to plate mark; margin at left is 1 1/8" beyond plate mark. Else, very good condition.
A large engraving of the portrait of William Fuller by Ingham. The portrait was painted for display at Mr. Fuller's Gymnasium in New York, where he made the previously coarse sport of boxing into an activity for gentlemen.
Fuller, born in County Norfolk, was well known there for his two round bout with the famous American ex-slave Tom Molineaux, in 1814. William came to the US ca. 1823 and began to open a number of Gymnasiums, where he taught gentlemen the art of pugilism. First in New York, then later in Charleston, SC and other American cities. Fuller died in the US in 1849.
Charles Cromwell Ingham was an Irish-born portraitist working in New York from 1816/17 until his death in 1863. $1,500
"Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper -- The Great Fight between Heenan and Sayers for the Championship, on Tuesday, April 17, at Farnborough, near Aldershott, England, resulting in a Drawn Battle after Forty-two Rounds." New York: Frank Lesllie's Illustrated Newspaper, May 12, 1860. 20 1/4 x 30 1/4 (image) plus full margins. Wood engraving. With folds and trimmed margin at right, as issued. Else, very good condition.
A large bold print showing the international boxing match between Heenan and Sayers that ended after 42 rounds with a victory by the American, Heenan. In America, newspapers covered the fight extensively and ignored news of the Civil War. A wonderful sporting print of the age. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper was one of the two great American weekly newspapers which later became known for its visual documentation the Civil War. Filled with wood engravings based on drawings made on the spot by such artists as Forbes, Waud, Schell and others, these newspapers provided front line images of the events and personalities of the Civil War, as well as other current events, for the many interested readers around the country. $225
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