An Extraordinary Example of the 1894 Temple Cup Print by Hy Sandham....
In stirring shades of black and white, lithographer Hy Sandham captures the action of this precursor to the modern World Series. Elegantly dressed ladies and gentlemen fill the grandstands surrounding the diamond where a Giants baserunner is breaking for second. A runner on third anxiously awaits the pitch to a right-handed batter at the plate. From the ragged state of the infield grass to the abbreviated crouch of the catcher to the netting that protects the fans directly behind home plate, the work is a feast of period detail. Just as thrilling are the forty-four small individual photographic portraits of players and executives that frame the larger image at top and bottom. Among those pictured: John Mongomery Ward, George Wright, Albert Spalding, Frank Selee, John Brush, Hugh Duffy, Cy Young, Wilbert Robinson, Charles Comiskey, Ed Delahanty, Adrian "Cap" Anson, Roger Connor, Amos Rusie and George Davis.
The print survives in an absolutely stunning state of preservation, with any deviation from perfection so minor as to render the mention as overstatement. The artist's pencil signature appears at lower right of the 28x42" viewable area. Professional matting and framing results in final dimensions of 35x49". Ex-Bill Mastro Collection. Third party shipping required.
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