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The Cover
June 28, 2000

Tennis Tournament

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2000;283(24):3171. doi:10.1001/jama.283.24.3171

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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