George L.K. Morris (1905 – 1975)

Elegy on the Madison Square Garden or Farewell to Forty-Ninth St. (No.1)

1965-6

oil on canvas
27 x 35 inches
Dedicated: “for Irving M. Felt Morris”
Signed verso: George L.K. Morris


COLLECTION
Irving Mitchell Felt, New York
By descent to the present owner

N.B: Irving Felt was the Chairman of the Madison Square Garden Corporation He directed the Garden’s move from 8th Avenue to its present location and commissioned Morris to paint this commemoration and farewell to 49th Street.
The Gardens original amphitheater, The Felt Forum, was named for him.
Mr. Felt was an important collector of American and French Impressionist art. He was particularly known for his spectacular collection of Childe Hassam works.

For the sports fan everything is here – hockey, basketball, cycling, the circus, boxing, the dog and
horse show and, of course, Nedicks (the famous orange drink of the time).
In all probability the black basketball player is Willis Reed who was drafted to the Nicks in 1964
and was their captain in 1965.






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