"The Roaring Crowd, Baseball Magazine Cover"   Lot no. 743

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By Joseph Francis Kernan (American- 1878-1958)

34.00" x 24.00", Framed 43.00" x 33.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right



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Baseball Magazine cover, July 1917

For more than a century, baseball was the All American Sport, and who better could illustrate the cover of Baseball Magazine than the All American artist, J. F. Kernan.  In a style not unlike Norman Rockwell’s, Kernan painted the covers of many magazines, showing boys and old men hunting, fishing, camping or enjoying a baseball game.  The magazines included:  Liberty, Outdoor Life, Country Gentleman and The Saturday Evening Post.

In this July 1917, cover of Baseball, we see home fans and visitors, dressed in white shirts and ties, cheering and wincing during a crucial moment in the game.

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Joseph Francis Kernan was a sportsman all of his life and the majority of his subjects featured, as he described it, "the human side of outdoor sports, hunting, fishing and dogs." These were the ideal subjects for magazine covers and his work appeared on all of the major - and some minor- magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, Liberty, The Country Gentlemen, Capper's Farmer, The Elks, Outdoor Life, and The Associated Sunday Magazines. His work was also commissioned for calendars, and advertisers such as Fisk Tires, International Harvester and Pratt & Lambert.

            Kernan was born in Brookline Massachusetts and studied at the Eric Pape School of Art in Boston. This was financed by playing professional baseball. He also taught for two years at the Pape School before launching his art career.

            A major collection of some 450 Kernan's Illustration's spanning a career of over 40 years is held in the collection of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta Canada.