1912 Baseball Magazine "Fans" Cover Art Study by Gerrit Beneker (1882-1934)
Watercolor on artist's paper from the preeminent "Baseball Magazine" cover artist Gerrit Beneker. Stunning preliminary cover art "Fans: A Home Run With Bases Full" for July of 1912. Charles Dana Gibson type "Fans" are in opposing reactions of cheering and glooming. Ironically, it is for the dead ball era's great rarity of a grand slam home run, measures 7x10", EX+ condition. Signed on both sides and fully titled by the artist. Shown here with cover it produced which is not included in the lot. Recently discovered original from the hands of Gerrit Beneker (1882-1934), the master illustrator who did covers for a myriad of publications of the early 20th century. He is best known however, for the 30 covers he painted for "Baseball Magazine" during their key formative years of 1911-14. These works defined not only the look and feel of the first ever U.S. baseball monthly magazine, but for baseball illustration art for decades to come.
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