The First Game

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The First Game
Artist Arnold Friberg
Year 1968
Type oil painting
Dimensions 95 cm × 150 cm (37.5 in × 60 in)

The First Game is a painting by Arnold Friberg, and was commissioned in 1968 by Chevrolet Motor Division as one of four paintings to commemorate the then-upcoming centennial celebration of college football in the United States.[1] It depicts the famous first game of American intercollegiate football, played by Rutgers College (now Rutgers University) and the visiting College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) on November 6, 1869 at College Field in New Brunswick, New Jersey.[2]

The game was played in front of approximately 100 spectators, including a Rutgers professor who is reported to have waved his umbrella at the participants while yelling, "you will come to no Christian end!" Friberg included the man with the umbrella in the painting as a tribute.[3]


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