[Modern Boxing - The Referee.] [Mss. to verso in pencil, also to label in ink.]
[British, n.d., c.1920.]
Original pencil, watercolour and bodycolour study for an illustration; paper mounted on original "Whatman" artists' board, rare. 365 x 270mm, 14¼ x 10½". Some foxing and surface blemishes.
A striking composition showing two boxers "holding" in the centre of a ring, the referee in black a tiny and marginal figure lower left; and utterly helpless spectator, he is powerless to separate the fighters and wrings his hands. A crowd is skilfully suggested through the ropes in the background. Harry Rountree (1880 - 1950) is most famous for his work illustrating Bernard Darwin's The Golf Courses of the British Isles; but he was also an illustrator for several British magazines.
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