Item #210861 “FATHERS OF AMERICAN SPORT”. Complete set of Six Colorist’s Models, with what is evidently the artist's modelling and coloring, comprising five PROOFS BEFORE LETTERS, each titled in pencil beneath the image and denoted “model,” and the sixth image with printed caption and pencilled notation “model”. Ralph L. Boyer.

“Fathers of America Sport” - Derrydale Colorist’s Models

“FATHERS OF AMERICAN SPORT”. Complete set of Six Colorist’s Models, with what is evidently the artist's modelling and coloring, comprising five PROOFS BEFORE LETTERS, each titled in pencil beneath the image and denoted “model,” and the sixth image with printed caption and pencilled notation “model”.

New York: The Derrydale Press, 1931.

Price: $4,500.00


About the item

1 vols. Image size of the prints is approximately 10 x 8 inches with approx. one-inch margins. “Fathers of America Sport” - Derrydale Colorist’s Models. Fine bright coloring. Ordeman, The Aquatints, Drypoints and Etchings of The Derrydale Press, p. 24-5, et seq.

Item #210861

An extremely handsome and decorative set of American sporting notables. The six portraits, each set in an appropriate background, are of: SAMUEL MORRIS, ESQ., Foxhunter, first president of the Gloucester Foxhunting Club, America's oldest; COL. WILLIAM RANSOM JOHNSON, “Napoleon of the Turf”; COL. GEORGE WASHINGTON, Foxhunter; COMMODORE JOHN COX STEVENS, Yachtsman, owner of the “America” and a founder of the New York Yacht Club; THADDEUS NORRIS, ESQ., Angler, author of The American Angler's Book, who did much to elevate and advance the art of fly fishing; HENRY WILLIAM HERBERT, ESQ., “Frank Forester”, the father of American sporting literature.

Boyer's watercolors for the series, done in larger size, were reduced to edition dimensions of approximately 10 x 8 inches. The proof prints here show some richness and nuances that the published edition, for all its beauty, does not. This set was one of the finest productions of The Derrydale Press Sporting Print Series. Ordeman notes that “it is rare that one finds a complete set today”.

A CHOICE SPECIMEN OF AMERICAN SPORTING ART.