Apr 28, 2022 - Sale 2602

Sale 2602 - Lot 346

Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
Hi-Li Tournament.

Drypoint, 1937. 214x335 mm; 8 3/8x13 1/4 inches, full margins. Edition of approximately only 13. Signed in pencil, lower right. A superb impression of this extremely scarce print with all the fine lines distinct.

In this scene, Lewis (1881-1962) depicted children in his Upper East Side neighborhood playing paddle ball, known locally as "Hi-Li." McCarron asserts that the name likely originates from the Basque pelota game Jai Alai.

We have found only three other impressions at auction in the past 30 years. McCarron 122.