A quality mezzotint print from an engraving work by Valentine Green circa 1800. The print retains its original colours and detail, providing us with a wonderful insight into the early origins of the game of golf.
Thought to be one of the first golf portraits ever to be widely published, the Blackheath golf course depicted in the print was a basic five-to-seven-hole golf format, its members being wealthy merchants. Society records tell us the Blackheath club had 45 members at the time depicted in this print. The print itself shows Captain William Innes (1719-1795), captain, and an unnamed Greenwich Hospital Naval pensioner serving as caddie.
The quality engraving was created from the much larger original painting by Lemuel Francis Abbott in 1790.
Based on the paper type, printers margin and footer details we believe this to be an early print circa 1800. We don’t believe this is one of the original 45 copies produced for members of the Blackheath Society but it was printed just a decade later. It was reproduced/resized several times throughout the later Victorian/Edwardian era.
The carved wooden gilt frame has a few chips and losses but has been re-gilded in recent times and looks very presentable. Original wooden plank and pin back still present.
Size 58cm x 47cm overall
£225.00 including postage to U.K. zone 1 addresses.
For postage costs to addresses outside U.K. zone 1 and overseas postage please enquire prior to placing your order thank you.
Due to carrier policy restrictions we are unable to insure the picture glass, this will be sent at buyers risk although we will take several steps to protect the picture within its packaging.
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