Walter Martin Baumhofer (1904-1987) Original Magazine Story Illustration (1954). Walter M. Baumhofer did extensive work for the pulps, creating memorable images in several genres; notably, his paintings for the Doc Savage series. He later illustrated for a number of the national magazines including Collier's, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and Argosy. This dynamic story illustration was published as a two-page spread in Argosy Magazine, March, 1954, to accompany the story The Skull-Crackers. Noted on the back of the canvas is an American Artist label that notes (in part): "The Hurling Match... Argosy Magazine painted by Walter Baumhofer." Also noted is the original working title of the story, "The Gentle Art of Hurling." The painting is executed in oil on canvas, it is framed (25 x 41.5) with an approximate sight size of 17 x 34, and is signed twice: once on the painting (lower right) and again on the back of the canvas under the label. For those not up on their Irish sport games, "hurling" is a form of Gaelic football but is played with a smaller ball and a hockey-like batting wood, called the "hurley." A photo showing the published version is included. Provenance: This painting was obtained from the artist's estate.

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