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Take Me Out to the Ballgame - Original Paintings by Jim Burke - Two Interior-Illustration Artworks
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,185
Pair of original oil-on-board paintings by noted artist Jim Burke used as interior illustrations for the book Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2006). One is signed along the bottom left border, the other is unsigned.
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 a clever adaptation, Burke also concurrently tells the story of "Merkle's Boner," which occurred on September 23, 1908, in a game against the Cubs. In addition to providing interesting historical and anecdotal information regarding the song and "Merkle's Boner," the book also features page after page of stunning baseball illustrations created by Burke that help bring both the lyrics and story to life. These two paintings (each 14.75 x 19.25 inches) were used as interior illustrations. The first, which pictures Katie Casey and her beau sitting in the stands amongst a bevy of glum fans, was used to illustrate this lyric: "Just to cheer up the boys she knew, She made the gang sing this song: 'Take me out to the ball game, Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don't care if I never get back." The second painting pictures the New York players hoisting Katie on their shoulders in celebration of what appeared to be a Giants victory, but in the background one can see Fred Merkle veering off into right field, headed for the clubhouse as Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers calls for the ball. This was the final illustration in the book and brought to life the final stanza of the chorus: "At the Old Ball Game." Both paintings have been framed to slightly larger dimensions and remain in Mint condition. 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). These are just two of twenty-one Jim Burke artworks featured in this auction (in ten separate lots), all of which have been consigned directly by the artist.
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. Total: 2 paintings. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,185
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