Addendum: This lot contains seven original cartoon artworks. The catalog description mistakenly listed a total of eight artworks in this lot.
Each of these eight original cartoon artworks by artist Wallace Goldsmith, dating from circa 1905, features an illustration of Boston Braves first baseman Fred Tenney, as well as many of his teammates and players from other teams. The fact that each cartoon pictures Tenney is not surprising, considering their source: All of these seven artworks originate from Fred Tenney's personal collection and have been consigned to this auction directly by the Tenney family. (The family has also consigned to this auction Tenney's 1908 New York Giants jersey, his glove, a trophy ball, his personal equipment, and another larger group of Goldsmith cartoon artworks that do not feature Tenney.) Wallace Goldsmith (1873-1945) was an extremely prominent sports cartoonist for the Boston Globe
during the early 1900s. Each of the artworks offered here was published at the time. The finely rendered works, done in ink on paper, feature novel caricatures of the players in a number of humorous vignettes relating to the most recent game. All have been signed by Goldsmith in black ink. Large-format cartoons such as these were very popular during the period and provided fans with a lighter-side look at the game. In addition to Tenney, other notable players/managers displayed in these works include Cy Young, Joe Kelley, Ned Hanlon, Miller Huggins, and Al Buckenberger (Braves manager). Ideal for display, these are very rarely seen museum-caliber original artworks. The artworks, which range in size from 12.5 x 9 to 22 x 17.5 inches, display wear commensurate with their age and fragile nature, including edge tears, corner chips, light soiling, and one with a moderate water stain. Nearly all display editorial notations on the front as well. Despite the condition flaws, most of which are relegated to the border areas and could easily be matted out if so desired, the central image areas have an overall Excellent appearance. A letter of provenance from Tenney's great-granddaughter accompanies. Total: 8 cartoon artworks. Reserve $400. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $940
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