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    Joseph Francis Kernan (American, 1878-1958)
    Boys Football Tackle, Collier's magazine cover, November 12, 1927
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
    Signed lower left: J.F. / Kernan
    Signed and inscribed on the reverse: Published / and painted in / U.S.A. / By Joe Kernan

    PROVENANCE:
    The Illustrated Gallery, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania;
    Rago Auctions, Lambertville, New Jersey, September 11, 2015, lot 2715;
    Private collection, acquired from the above.

    When this classic image of America's most popular sport was originally published as the cover for Collier's magazine, the boys were silhouetted on a white ground in keeping with the period aesthetic of the publication; the fully painted background creates a much more complete and beautifully integrated scene.




    Condition Report*: Strip lined canvas. Under UV exam, there appears to be several spots of inpaint including: Several dots and dashes in the upper left quadrant of the sky; A 1 inch area in the upper right corner; 1/2 inch dot in the tackler's forehead; a 1/4 inch dot in the tackled figures eye brow with a few spots in the head wrap; A few spots of retouching in the extreme lower right corner. Light surface dirt.
    Framed Dimensions 28.5 X 24.5 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2021
    5th Friday
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