The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925) could have been a shortstop for the
Cincinnati Reds, but he chose a painting career instead. Still, the skills
required for the two occupations are not that different. The same qualities
of hand-and-eye coordination, rhythm, and decisiveness that make a great ballplayer
also make a great painter. Moreover, Bellows' lifelong interest in sports
undoubtedly influenced his choice of subject matter. It ranges from his famous
prizefighting pictures in the smoky arena of Sharkey's Athletic Club (JAMA
covers, September 12, 1966, and May 25, 1984) to the genteel, outdoor tennis
scenes on the lawns of Newport, Rhode Island. Bellows moved freely in both
worlds, and in others, besides, from the tenements of lower Manhattan to the
granite villages of Maine (JAMA covers, March 6, 1978, and April 28, 1993).
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