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1908 New York Giants Children's Book Illustration - Mathewson, McGraw, Bresnahan, and Merkle - Original Painting by Jim Burke
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,541
Original oil-on-board painting entitled The Dugout by noted artist Jim Burke used as a two-page interior illustration for the book Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2006). Signed by the artist in the lower right corner.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame, written and illustrated by Jim Burke, is an annotated version of the classic baseball song, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, which was written in 1908 by Jack Norwith and Albert Von Tilzer. In addition to providing both interesting historical and anecdotal information regarding the song, the book also features page after page of stunning baseball illustrations created by Burke that help bring the lyrics to life. One of the most striking artworks in the book was provided by the offered painting, which was used to illustrate this lyric: "Katie Casey saw all the games, Knew the players by their first names." The painting features Giants Manager John McGraw, pitcher Christy Mathewson, catcher Roger Bresnahan, and first baseman Fred Merkle standing on the field in front of the dugout prior to the infamous "Merkle's Boner" game on September 23, 1908, at the Polo Grounds. (In addition to his annotation of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Burke concurrently tells the story of "Merkle's Boner".) As most collectors might remember, REA previously offered five other original Jim Burke paintings used in Take Me Out to the Ballgame, including the back cover illustration (May 2011, Lot 1315, sold for $6,463) and a two-page illustration of Christy Mathewson on the mound (May 2012, Lot 1134, sold for $4,740).
Jim Burke is one of America's most celebrated children's book illustrators. His work is instantly recognizable and he has illustrated many popular modern children's classics, including the highly regarded All Star! - Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever, written by Jane Yolen (Philomel Books, New York, 2010). Jim Burke's artwork was shown in the Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition 2008 in London, and in the Society of Illustrators' Icons & Images: 50 Years of Illustration. He is a Gold Medal recipient from both the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of American Illustration, and has had five of his books honored at the Original Art Show (NYC). Burke taught at Pratt Institute and Syracuse University, and has lectured at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and National Baseball Hall of Fame, among others. He is currently the Illustration Chair at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.The painting (26.25 x 23.25 inches) is in Mint condition and has been beautifully framed to total dimensions of 27.25 x 24.25 inches. Please Note: Additional Jim Burke original paintings are presented online in the internet-only portion of our sale. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,541
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