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An interesting selection of sporting prints
Horse RacingGolf
Artists & Series
Cecil AldinCurrier & Ives
A.B. FrostChromolithographic sport prints
From Vanity FairArbuckle trade cards
Prints from Harper's Weekly
and other illustrated newspapers.
Orme's Foreign Field Sports


Selection of prints

  • "Skating." From Old English Sporting Pictures. London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1901. 10 1/8 x 13 1/4. Chromolithograph.

    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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    Centennial 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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    Ladies Golf
    "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

    Zogbaum Hunting scene
    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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    Thomas Kelly: Dexter
    "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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    Polo icon 2
    "The Game of 'Polo.'" From Harper's Weekly. New York, September 5, 1874. 11 3/4 x 19 3/4. Wood engraving. $250

    Charlton: Islington Horse Show
    John Charlton. "The Islington Horse Show - A Scrimmage at the Hurdles." London: The Graphic, June, 8, 1878. 15 1/4 x 26 3/4 (image) plus margins. Wood engraving. With folds as originally issued. Professionally conserved and backed with rice paper. Slight staining under title. Else, very good condition. $250

    Soccer championship
    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

    Ice Carnival at Niagara
    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

    Frank Leslie: Heenan Sayers fight
    "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

    Riverside Drive
    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

    John Charlton. "'The Old Love and The New.' A Sketch At The Morning Bicycle Parade In Hyde Park." From The Graphic. London: June 13, 1896. 12 x 8 7/8. Wood engraving. $125

    Jones: Horses going to a Fair
    James Ward. "A Livery Stable." London: T. Simpson and Thompson, 1796. Mezzotint by Ward. Printed in color. 19 x 23 3/4. Top and side margins trimmed to plate mark. Else, very good condition.

    The output of James Ward contains some of the finest British prints from around the turn of the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries. James was himself an excellent mezzontinter having studied under John Raphel Smith. The warmth of image, richness of the color and quality of mezzotinting combine to make this rare print a gem of its era. $900

    Jones: Horses going to a Fair
    S.J.E. Jones. "Horses Going to a Fair." Aquatint by W. Fellows. 14 x 17 1/2 (image) plus margins. Probably London, England, circa 1825. Fine condition.

    Jones exhibited at the Royal Academy in London from 1820 to about 1845. He humorously placed his own name as the proprietor of the roadside inn and perhaps provided a self-portrait with inclusion of the inn keeper providing a drink to the horseman. The printmaker, Fellows, is listed by Ian Mackenzie in his British Prints as working from late eighteenth century to early nineteenth century. A lovely, early depiction of horses with gentlemanly costume and architecture of the period. $400

    Fores: Going to CoverSpacerFores: Going to the Moors

    Charles C. Henderson. From Fores Sporting Traps. London: Fores, 1847. 17 5/8 x 16 3/4 (image). Re-strikes from early 20th century. Aquatints by John Harris. Full hand color. Large margins. Good condition. Messrs. Fores are amongst the most famous British nineteenth century publishers of sporting and genre scenes. Between 1845 and 1856, they set out to publish an impressive series of sporting sets, including Steeple Chase Scenes, Hunting Accomplishments, Hunting Casualities, Contrasts, Hunting Sketches, Coaching Incidents, Coaching Recollections, and so forth and so on. These series were after paintings by the excellent artists Henry Alken Snr. and Charles C. Henderson and they were all superbly aquatinted by John Harris. This charming print is after a painting by C.C. Henderson. The detail and composition is excellently rendered by the aquatinting of John Harris, and the overall quality is typical of the output of Fores. This is a good example of British genre print-making at a time when it was the best in the world.

    Berenger: Earl of Derby's Stag hounds
    James Berenger. (1780-1931). "The Earl of Derby's Stag Hounds." Carshalton, Surrey: I. Griffin, May 15, 1823. Late 19th or early 20th century re-strike. Engraved by R. Woodman. Full hand color. Light mat-burn in margins not affecting image. Else, very good condition.

    A wonderful and animated fox hunting print. Below the image the riders are identified. From left to right is Edward, Lord Stanley, Honourable Edward Stanley, Jonathan Griffin and the first whipper in. An excellent example of 19th century British sporting art. $750

    Sindici: Going to the Meet
    Stuart Sindici. "Going to the Meet." London: F.C.M. Queen & Sons, 1893. 20th Century restrike. 17 1/2 x 12 1/2. Aquatint. Full hand color. Full margins. Very good condition. $175

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