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GEORGE BELLOWS
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GEORGE BELLOWS

Dempsey and Firpo (M. 181)

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GEORGE BELLOWS
Dempsey and Firpo (M. 181)
lithograph, 1923-24, on Basingwerk Parchment, a rich, strong impression, signed and titled by the artist in pencil, annotated 'Bolton Brown imp.', signed and inscribed 'OK Jack Dempsey' in ink, additionally inscribed 'To Phil and Josephine/always the best/Sincerely Jack Dempsey/1/1/31' and 'To Philip Bayer/Sincerely from L A Firpo/13-8-30' on an old overmat, from the edition of 103, with wide margins, the palest mat and time staining, minor surface soiling in the margins, otherwise in very good condition, framed
L. 18 x 22¼ in. (457 x 565 mm.)
S. 22¾ x 25¾ in. (578 x 654 mm.)

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On September 14, 1923 Bellows was sent by the New York Evening Journal to capture the bout between heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and the Argentine fighter Luis Firpo. Bellows portrayed the riveting moment when Firpo knocked Dempsey out of the ring, and included a small self-portrait of himself as a spectator in the lower left corner. This rich, sparkling impression is signed by the artist, his printer Bolton Brown and both of the iconic boxers.

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