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Sports Art, Tennis Players, Lou Marchetti, Illustration Art, Vintage Watercolor


Lou Marchetti (1920-1992)
Late 20th Century
Gouache on board
7 x 4.25 inches, image
10 x 7 inches, overall
Provenance: Society of Illustrators, New York City

Original illustration art of a men’s singles tennis match. The action is viewed slightly above the server as he tosses the ball aloft, while his opponent stands ready to receive in the opposite corner. A spectator and official are in the background. Orange ground, with green and earth tone overlay.



Lou Marchetti was born in Italy and immigrated to New York City. He studied at the Art Student League and by the late 1950s had become a successful illustrator. Although he illustrated for popular magazines such as Look, Life and the Saturday Evening Post, he made his reputation primarily as a book cover artist, working for the major paperback publishers of the day (for example the cover of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel Too Hot to Handle, 1956). After retiring from the commercial art field, he turned to painting landscapes of his native Italy, which he exhibited around the U.S. in fine arts galleries. His work is in the collection of the Society of Illustrators Museum, the Pentagon and the Duke University Museum of Art.

Condition: Generally very good with minor wear and soiling. Two small punctures in upper margin.


“Paperback Art.” The Art of James Bond. (7 January 2003).

Zeitlin, Louise. “Lou Marchetti: Biography.” (8 January 2003).

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20th Century