Image: 40 x 49.6 cm (15 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.)
Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1936.642
Catalogue raisonné: Mason 24
By 1916, the year Bellows created Preliminaries, boxing was legal in New York and had begun attracting audiences beyond its usual working-class, male demographic. Relegating the ensuing match to the background, this print focuses on a group of wealthy spectators who arrive to take their seats in Madison Square Garden. According to the artist’s widow, the subject was occasioned by the first bout in New York to which women were permitted to attend.
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