A vast amount of the sporting art of the world hangs in private clubs, seen only by the members and their guests. The paintings and prints reproduced on these pages, part of the New York Racquet and Tennis Club's collection, are in the massively handsome stone clubhouse on Park Avenue. Chosen to open this series of art from various clubs of note throughout the world, they form a medley of sports of varied types and periods that reflects the range of interest of the sportsmen members. The Racquet Club was founded over three-quarters of a century ago and in the intervening years many brilliant sports events have been held under its roof. The art that hangs on its walls includes such paintings as the Audubon (above), given to the club by Stephen C. Clark, and the Gerome Gladiators (next page), loaned by Ambrose Clark.
"SAUVE QUI PEUT! PHEASANTS AND DOG" BY JOHN JAMES AUDUBON
"THE SECOND GREAT MATCH GAME FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP" shows the Athletic Baseball Club of Philadelphia playing the Atlantics of Brooklyn in 1866.
"THE GLADIATORS" is a masterpiece of realism by Jean Leon Gerome, great 19th century French classicist. The grippingly dramatic moment of this deadly sport, when a victorious gladiator turns to his audience for a verdict of life or death to his opponent (see story on next page), is brought vividly alive here in the sun-streaked, blood-stained arena of a Roman despot.
"LAST HORSE RACE BEFORE CHARLES II" was run on level ground at the foot of the hill surmounted by Windsor Castle. Racing is still held there each year.
"COLONEL MORDAUNT'S COCK MATCH" is from Zoffany's famous painting done in Lucknow, India in 1786. The colonel watches from his canopied couch.
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON