Apr 7, 2016

Polo Sketch

Polo Sketch


George Bellows

(American, 1882–1925)


Image: 21 x 26.3 cm (8 1/4 x 10 3/8 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1936.640

Catalogue raisonné: Mason 87



After witnessing his first polo match, Bellows described his fascination in a letter to his former English professor at Ohio State University: “I’ve been making studies of the wealthy game polo played by the ultra rich. And let me say these ultra rich have nerve tucked under their vest pocket. It’s an Aladdin’s lamp sort of game. You wish to be a hundred yards to your left, you kick your heels—and there you are. . . . The players are nice looking, moral looking. The horses are beautiful. I believe they brush their teeth and bathe them in goat’s milk. It is a great subject to draw.

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