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Important WPA baseball painting by the longtime Director of the National Academy of Design, Vernon C. Porter. Magnificent oil-on-canvas of a “negro” baseball game in progress on 111th Street in New York City conjures images of a bygone time. Marvelously brownstone windows are filled with action with neighbors brimming out in spirited detail. Streets are lined with watchful mothers on the stoops and girls and younger boys wishing they too could play. Emphasis is on the baseball game itself in delightful action. This is baseball not stickball as the catcher stands directly behind the batter. Signed on the verso by “Vernon C. Porter 1938 111th Street N.Y.C.” The faces are obviously brown, making this one of only a few vintage African American baseball paintings known.
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