A.B. Frost. “The Game between the Squire and Postmaster.” From A Book of Drawings by A.B. Frost. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1904. 8 5/8 x 13. Relief halftone. Very good condition.
Arthur Burdett (A.B) Frost is the most loved member of the school of American sporting and genre artists that appeared towards the end of the nineteenth century. His range of subjects included many sports and American genre scenes. Born in Philadelphia at the middle of the nineteenth century, Frost grew up watching and participating in the sports he documented, becoming one of the greatest illustrators of sports in America. His work not only captured the feeling of the sports, but it also included accurate details. His sensitivity to people and situations is also well expressed in his pictures of daily life and people.
He is well known for the numerous drawing which appeared in books and illustrated newspapers, such as Harper’s Weekly. In 1895, Charles Scribner & Sons produced an important portfolio of 12 hunting prints after Frost entitled Shooting Pictures. These were done in the elaborate process of chromolithography, so the prints would look as much as possible like original watercolors. This series really enhanced Frost’s reputation and the success of the portfolio led Scribner’s to issue other portfolios of prints after Frost, including a set of relief halftones in A Book of Drawings, which included this print of a checkers game.