There exist only a few original examples of this iconic photo—the sole known image of Babe Ruth and his father. Each elite survivor is likely valued at over $50,000. However, an innovative Baltimore printmaker has steadfastly toiled away on his ambitious quest to create a perfect colorized version using cutting-edge, pixel-for-pixel digital technology and a state-of-the-art printing process. And he has succeeded with flying colors. Following up on the "Ruth's Cafe" Printer's Proof Prototype (#1/1) that was auctioned in 2013, this is the project's second-ever public offering and, significantly, it boasts the desirable "#1" designation from the forthcoming limited-edition series numbered to just 100. The lower margin has also been accented with the signature-style embossed imprint "BABE RUTH'S CAFE." More info on our website.
With the ultimate goal of matching every single hue so that the tavern would appear just as it did to patrons 100 years ago, the creative process began with exhaustive research of all period details from the wall hangings to the wooden bar to the tin ceiling and everything in between. Next came several months of painstaking pixel-for-pixel embellishment with constant checking, re-checking and cross-checking to maintain a 100% consistent color scheme. Finally, under the direction of Master Printer John Eichelberger of Baltimore's own DOC Artist Services, it was time for the finest-caliber production quality: Archival Pigment Printing. Recognized by New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as bona-fide fine art, Archival Pigment Prints are superior to Giclées and provide not only oil-paint-like radiance but also maximum tonal contrast.
Such meticulous craftsmanship from start to finish has resulted in a mesmerizing tableau that vividly captures—as never before—the resolute Ruth men in their barkeep regalia; the countertop's mahogany sheen; the ceiling's reflective tile design; the festive yule tinsel, ornaments and lights festooned all around; the promo signs enticing customers to try the "Oyster Raw Bar" and "Take Home a Fry"; and the background figures of a third drink-mixer, a waiter, a standing customer and seated dog, plus two little-noticed staff women in the far doorway. What's more, the digital "cleaning" of surface imperfections and scratches has bestowed this modern-day rendition with even greater image clarity than the original.
This item will ship directly from the printing press in Baltimore, MD.