Sunday, June 29, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #95 (Rene van der Kerkhof: Holland)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

By one of those serendipitous coincidences of the chance generation of portrait subjects, today’s, following yesterday’s, happens to represent René van de(r) Kerkhof, another of the players from the 1974 World Cup who featured in the Final itself, in this instance in Holland’s unfortunately losing cause.
Coming on as a half-time substitute, history records that this was in fact van de Kerkhof’s only appearance of the tournament – his time, & that of his twin brother Willy, who was also a member, non-playing at all, of Holland’s 1974 squad, would subsequently come in the 1978 World Cup, when both were prominent, memorably, playing in each of the Dutch team’s matches on their way to & in another losing Final.

The original source image upon which this drawing is based comes from the sticker representing the player that featured in the FKS 'Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974' collectors' album.

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