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Abbell, L.F. To the Society of Goffers at Blackheath, This Plate Is with Just Respect Dedicated by Their Most Humble Servant
19th Century Copy of Rare 18th Century Print, 1790. $800
Colour print. 46 x 29 cm (18 x 11.5 inches). Framed in a gilt frame measuring 61 x 43 cm
(24 x 17 inches) with some wear and chipping to corners and green matting.
The original “To the Society of Goffers at Blackheath” was based on a painting by Lemuel Francis Abbott (1760-1802) and was issued by Valentine Green as a Mezzotint print, circa 1790. It is one of the first golf portraits ever published, and the Blackheath golf course depicted in the print was a primitive five-to-seven-hole golf affair, its members being wealthy merchants. Based on the records that survive from those early days, the Blackheath club had 45 members at the time depicted in this print. The print itself shows William Innes (1719-1795), Blackheath’s captain, and an unnamed Greenwich Hospital Naval pensioner serving as caddie. Originally Painted by L. F. Abbell. Engraved by Gwen Mezzatinto Engraver to his Majesty & the Elector Palantine.
Abbott, Lemuel Francis.
Henry Callender Esq circa 1916
Colour Litho print. 51 x 38 cm (20 x 15 inches). In black painted frame measuring
84 x 71 cm (33 X 28 inches) with green-grey matting. Frame is somewhat worn.
Golfer Henry Callender, one of the pioneers of golf in England, is depicted in the Field Marshall's uniform of the Blackheath Society of Golfers. This style of uniform is still worn by the present holder of the post on formal occasions. It is thought that the term Field Marshall was used at Royal Blackheath before the military use in the British army. The two golf clubs illustrated are still in the collection of Royal Blackheath Golf Club. Engraved by Walter Alfred Cox (1862-p.1894).
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