Offering a pair of vintage, original, etchings by renowned tennis star Helen Moody Wills. These pieces were acquired from the ...
moreOffering a pair of vintage, original, etchings by renowned tennis star Helen Moody Wills. These pieces were acquired from the estate of Helen Moody Wills and included many original etchings by her. Some were signed, these are not. Wonderful images of a woman and man playing tennis in period tennis clothes from the 1930's. Done on paper and some smudges and wrinkles due to the nature of a vintage piece. Double matted in cream and dark brown, frames are dark brown wood and trimmed in gold. Image of woman measures 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and the man measures 4 1/4" x 3 1/2".
Helen Wills Moody was born Helen Newington Wills in Centerville, California, on October 6, 1905. She was a world champion tennis player in the 1920s and '30s (she competed as Helen Wills Moody after her first marriage). Wills won 31 Grand Slam titles and two Olympic medals. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1959. On January 1, 1998, at age 92, Wills died in Carmel, California.
While still competing, Wills took occasional work as a journalist, and also put out a tennis instruction manual. In 1937, she penned an autobiography: 15-30: The Story of a Tennis Player. After retiring, she co-wrote a mystery novel, Death Serves an Ace (1939), with Robert W. Murphy.
Wills had studied fine arts at the University of California, Berkeley, and continued to paint and draw for the rest of her life. Some of her illustrations appeared alongside her writing. Other pieces she created were exhibited in galleries. Diego Rivera also used Wills as a model for his mural "The Riches of California." less
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