1862 CIVIL WAR BASEBALL PRINT
A large print by Sarony and Knapp of New York; the image depicts Union soldiers as prisoners at the Confederate prison in Salisbury, North Carolina. The prisoners play baseball while Confederate guards and troops look on. The print was used as propaganda to create the impression of good conditions at the prison, and is the first known color rendition of a baseball subject. It shows a close-up of an 1860's baseball game in progress, the pitcher in full delivery, the batter and other players ready for action. Based on a drawing by Otto Brettischer, inscribed on the bottom left hand corner, To my beloved son, Alfred Brettischer, From the Author, Christmas, 1884. In overall very good condition with age stains along three creases and waterstain along the bottom. 40 x 25 in.