Geelong Cats – Team of the Century Jamie Cooper Print
The painting was based on a photo taken of the side at 3/4 time during the winning 1925 Grand Final when life as a VFL footballer was a little more casual.
The same poses have been kept but transformed into the select group chosen in the “Greatest Team of All”. The backdrop depicts the changing homes of the Seagulls at Corio Oval (left) through to Kardinia Park (centre – Brownlow/Young Stand) and Skilled stadium (right – Ford grandstand).
The players are set out in chronological order from left to right. The uniforms and even the drink bottles change as we move forward in time across the painting. The colour vignettes from the sepia tones of yesteryear through to full colour in the modern era.
Several subtle stories are woven into this scene also.
The black cat at Rankin’s feet is due to his role in creating the clubs name as the Cats. He apparently brought a souvenir to a game that he received from a relative’s trip to South America. It had a cat painted on it and the team had an unexpected win that day. He was told to bring it again as good luck and so started a winning streak that saw the adoption of the nickname.
Joe Salter (bottom left) wears a black armband symbolising his sad demise in the trenches of WW1. If you look closely you can see that Alec Eason has two fingers missing on his right hand from an accident. He played the majority of his career with this disability and still managed to excel. You gotta hand it to him!? Billy Goggin is where he always was: under Polly Farmer waiting for the handpass. Wingman Leo Turner rests a hand on his son, and fellow wingman, Michael’s shoulder.
Sam Newman bought the original at auction for $41,000 and loaned it to the club to hang in the social club.
- 300 limited edition prints were produced.
- Artist Proof from Jamie Coopers personal collection
- Signed by Jamie Cooper
- Print Size: 1000 mm x 580 mm
- Certificate of Authenticity by Jamie Cooper
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