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Sports Art, Golf, Their First Hazard, H.C. Christy, Antique Print


Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952) (after)
Their First Hazard
Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York: 1901
A. Grignard & Company, New York (printer)
Photo-process lithograph
12.5 x 16.25 inches, image
16 x 21 inches, mounted on card

A pair of golfers exchange glances while standing in the rough. Two young caddies provide a comic foil for the budding romance – one looks on with interest, the other is oblivious and yawning. Howard Chandler Christy was a prolific illustrator of the early 20th century and is a member of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. He studied art in New York under William Merritt Chase and was strongly influenced by Chase’s approach to plein air landscape painting. He turned to illustration as a way to make a living, becoming known for his “Christy Girls,” American beauties of a type popular at the time – chic and elegant but wholesome and active — which were published in McClure’s and other magazines. He also produced memorable illustrations of the Spanish-American War and World War I recruitment and war bond posters. In the 1920s he became a successful society portraitist, and in the 1930s began painting murals. His most famous mural, The Signing of the Constitution, hangs in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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Condition: Separately issued print, on card as issued. Usual light toning and wear to print. Original card with some light border chipping, easily matted out.


Cutler, Laurence S. “Howard Chandler Christy.” National Museum of American Illustration. (26 September 2002).

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20th Century