antique prints, maps and watercolors

after Charles Lees. (Golfing at St. Andrews) Edinburgh: W. Wolding, (1850)

“The Golfers: A Grand Match Played Over St. Andrews Link”

This wonderfully detailed engraving is perhaps the most famous depiction of the game of golf. It shows the excitement of The Grand Match, a storied match played on the Links of St. Andrews in 1841 in which a two ball foursome met on the “Ginger Beer hole’ at the “old Course.” The match pitted Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther against Major Hugh Lyon Mayfair and John Campbell.  It attracted a large audience including many famous golfers and throngs of onlookers including women and children. They are clustered around the hole in the foreground with the famous golf course stretching around them. This print comes with a reproduction of the original accompanying key identifying 53 people, all "distinguished as skilful players or lovers of the Game, and have all been painted from actual Sittings , given to the Artist expressly for this Work..."

Charles Lees was commissioned to paint the scene and Charles E. Wagstaffe was the engraver of the print.  

Steel engraving.
35 ½ x 24 inches, sheet.
Excellent conditions save a little yellowing in margins.