Wednesday, September 12, 2012

James Thurber: Doubles Tennis

In 2007, Sotheby's sold this sensational tennis drawing by James Thurber which is not among those catalogued in Bowden. Note how Thurber abandons any semblance of one-point perspective, and how the composition seems to work extremely well without it. Tennis, anyone?

James Thurber, "I got it!"

James Thurber, "I got it!"

November 17, 2013 Update:  This drawing was published in the New Yorker of May 23, 1936 with the caption "Mine!" The different published caption may be the reason this drawing could not be identified in Bowden. Otherwise, I find it hard to imagine that a published New Yorker cartoon would have escaped Bowden's attention. For the record, I don't have a preference for either caption; they both seem truly inspired.

James Thurber, "Mine!"
The New Yorker, May 23, 1936, page 28
James Thurber, "Mine!"
The New Yorker, May 23, 1936, page 28


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