The Golfers


Beautiful Print of Antique Hand Colored Engraving

(Circa 1847)

By Charles Lees

This painting shows a match being played on the St Andrews Links by members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. The centre of everybody's attention is a decisive moment in a match between Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther against Major Hugh Lyon Playfair and John Campbell of Glen Saddel. Lees carefully composed this complex scene, which includes over fifty individual portraits, using photographs of some of the golfers to help him.

Charles Lees was born in Cupar, Fife. He trained as a painter in Edinburgh with the eminent portraitist, Sir Henry Raeburn. After six months in Rome he returned to Edinburgh where he established himself as a portrait painter. Lees was elected a Royal Scottish Academician in 1830. From the 1840s Lees built himself a reputation as a specialist in depicting sporting subjects; 'The Golfers' was his first major sporting picture.

The original is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Purchased in Scotland 

Brand new frame, double mat and gold fillet

Framed Size:  35” x 26” 

From Veranda Feb. 6, 2023:  

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Oil Paintings

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