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SPECIAL EDITION: Footballer - Tretchikoff Print

SPECIAL EDITION: Footballer - Tretchikoff Print

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A special Edition colour-way and print limited to ten copies. Tretchikoff was keen on portraying rugby or tennis players, but Football, also known as Football Players, is probably the only soccer-themed painting in his oeuvre. The artist has often been denounced for painting only what the public liked, but the accusation is hardly fair. When Tretchikoff did paint to please, it was usually a calculated gamble. He needed a special reason to choose footballers as his subject.

Dare, the owner of two Tretchikoff canvases, recounted: ‘He was doing a rugby painting, and I said to him, ‘It’s no good, that. If you’re coming to Birmingham, you’ll have to have a round ball.’ ‘What do you mean?’ Tretchi says to me. ‘Soccer’, I said. Three weeks later, he started it and here it is.’

In this painting, we see a game between Birmingham City and Celtic. The attacking player wears the blue and white home colours of the Birmingham team. Dare, a director of City football club, opined that the player resembled Keith Coombes, the son of the Birmingham City chairman Clifford Coombes. Under the leadership of Coombes Snr, the team reached an FA Cup semi-final in the 1971–72 season. Keith Coombes later succeeded his father as chairman of the club.

Football, a painting that was meant to cater to English tastes, returned to Tretchikoff’s home country and entered a South African private collection.


We offer 5 standard sizes for each artwork, either as unframed or framed prints (behind glass). 

The standard sizes reflect the dimensions of entire print.

For framed prints - the frame sits just outside of above mentioned dimensions. 


The manufacturing process is all done by hand, and to order, and takes us 5-10 working days. You will be notified as soon as the courier collects the order.

Thereafter, shipping time is usually 2-3 working days within South Africa and approximately 10-14 working days outside of South Africa.

Material & Colour

This fine art print is printed with Epson Ultra chrome Ink on 270gsm LFORD GALERIE Prestige Fine Art Textured Silk Paper, and certified with our exclusive embossed trademark. Kindly note colours and tones viewed on your computer screen do not reflect the exact tone of the physical print.

Look out for Tretchikoff's Pigeon

A familiar figure in many of Tretchikoff’s works, the pigeon signified good fortune. Each one of our prints is certified with an embossed pigeon in its bottom right corner to ensure it is an authentic licensed print.

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