A Stag at Sharkey's

Accession Number

A Stag at Sharkey's

George Wesley Bellows

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

24 in x 18 3/4 in (60.96 cm x 47.63 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Doris and Herbert Sloan

Subject matter
A Stag at Sharkey's depicts a boxing match between two men at The Sharkey Athletic Club in New York City. Bellows lived across the street from the fighting club and produced several paintings and lithographs that were inspired by the battles he saw there. In this print, Bellows continues his exploration of male identity, masculinity, and sexuality. The two fighters are engaging in combat and displaying their athletic prowess while simultaneously touching bare skin and performing for the pleasure of other men at the club. 

Prior to making this lithograph in 1917, Bellows produced an oil painting by the same title with virtually the same image in 1909. In 1917 Bellows became increasingly interested in the dynamics of the human body and compositional arrangements so he began to focus more on lithography.

Physical Description
Two boxers trade punches in a ring with the referee close behind and the crowd cheering. One boxer is pushing the other with his forearm.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
planographic print

Collection Area

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American (North American)
men (male humans)
nudes (representations)

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