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This is an original antique color lithograph print from a book printed in Holland by the Swiss illustrator Frank Feller who worked in the late 1800s to early 1900s showing school boys playing outside in a three legged race on a field in period costume. It is a striking image with vibrant bold colors and remarkably expressive faces and detail in the line, showing an older bigger boy in stripes and cap paired up with a smaller boy, clearly helping the boy and being a mate to him as their two adversaries, tumbled on the ground, reveal anger and surprise at their own loss and the mismatched pair's win.

This illustration was no doubt used to illustrate a story of the "A Boy's Life" genre, which was very popular and a constant gig for illustrators. I have spent a lot of time online trying to find the book this came from to no avail; Frank Feller was mostly known - and quite famous for - his British military illustrations, though I found that he did also do cards and these "boys'" books and journals... I have had no luck in finding images of them. However, he is listed as being an illustrator for an edition of the "Boys' Own Journal" in 1908 (though he died in 1910)... perhaps this is from that, though I suspect it is not since it was printed in Holland. The one book of his I found online through the Gutenberg Project tells tales of a boys' boarding school and the trouble they get into, but no mention of a 3 legged race.

After such attempts on my part I thus have no doubt that this original piece is from a rare and antique book.

The entire page measures 9 1/2" x 6 3/4" and it is in very good condition with no tears or bends, incredibly vibrant colors, and will ship in a protected sleeve.

Free shipping to Canada or the U.S., please convo me for shipping rates to anywhere else.

Antique Color Print of Illustration of School Boys Playing in an Outdoor 3 Legged Race from Early 1900s.


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