Today we have a new Past/Present post for our blog readers, with two chess prints. Benjamin Franklin, in his 1750 article, The Morals of Chess, wrote “The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it. ” Chess has long been enjoyed by clerics, students, and merchants, and as such, has been part of popular culture for years and years. Our older print is an attractive genre scene, depicting two old friends engaged in a chess match. The newer print is by NY artist Richard Sloat, and offers a unique perspective, as if the viewer is playing the game of strategy against the subject, weighing his ( or her) next move. We hope you enjoy today’s Past/Perfect pairing.
Image on Left: Alte Freunde. C. M. Webb. Engraved by Paul Droehmer. Mixed-media engraving, c. 1860.
Image on Right: Chess in the Park. Richard Sloat. Etching, 2003. Edition 70. Inscribed “A.P.”