Time For Golf! Golf Paintings - DailyArtDaily.com
DailyArtDaily
AVAILABLE ON

Sport william-inglis-surgeon-and-captain-of-the-honourable-company-of-edinburgh-golfers-1787.jpg!Large

Published on September 30th, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

Time For Golf! Golf Paintings

I live in St Andrews, a small town in Scotland which is a legendary cradle of golf in the UK. Yesterday, when I was strolling on the golf course, I wondered whether there was any golf painting showing picturesque green Scottish hills and small white balls flying in the sky…

The Netherlands

Rembrandt, The golf player, 1654, private collection, golf painting

Rembrandt, The golf player, 1654,The Met, New York

Surprise, surprise! The first golf work I found is not Scottish at all! I thought that golf was born in the UK but nowadays it is generally accepted that modern golf developed in the Netherlands already during the Middle Ages. I had no idea that Rembrandt made etchings of golfers!

Adriaen van de Velde, Golfers on the Ice near Haarlem, 1668, National Gallery, London, UK, golf painting

Adriaen van de Velde, Golfers on the Ice near Haarlem, 1668, National Gallery, London

Yet another Dutchman’s depiction of golf, this time a winter edition on ice! Why didn’t we really associate golf with the Netherlands? Probably because the game did not find international popularity until the late 19th century, when it spread into the British Empire and the United States.

Scotland

David Allan, William Inglis, Surgeon and Captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, 1787, National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, golf painting

David Allan, William Inglis, Surgeon and Captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, 1787, National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Allan and Surgeon William Inglis were keen members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the oldest golf club in the world. Inglis and his caddy (the boy carring golf clubs) stand on Leith Links, about two miles from the city centre, where the club was then located. Behind Inglis, we can see the annual trophy parade in which a golf club with silver balls attached is presented to the City and carried across the Links.

Charles Lees, The Golfers, 1847, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, golf painting

Charles Lees, The Golfers, 1847, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

This painting shows the climax of a match played on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews (my town!): Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther playing against Major Hugh Lyon Playfair and John Campbell of Glen Saddel. This complex scene, which includes over fifty individual portraits, was painted with the help of photographs of some of the golfers.

 

Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A., The Golf Course, North Berwick, c.1920, Christie's London, golf painting

Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A., The Golf Course, North Berwick, c.1920, Christie’s London

Sir John Lavery RA was born in Belfast, Ireland, but he studied painting in Glasgow thus is associated with the Glasgow School. He is best known for portraits and wartime depictions. However, he often painted people being active and playing sports, as you can see in Spot the ball post.

Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A., Lady Astor Playing Golf At North Berwick, 1921, Private collection, golf painting

Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A., Lady Astor Playing Golf At North Berwick, 1921, Private collection

I have never played golf, but it’s a great sport which makes you spend so much time outdoors, which is always good for you. Especially when the sun is shining and grass is green (which on the golf course is always the case!). Enjoy the game 🙂


About the Author

Magda, an art historian-to-be, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Wei Wei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.



Back to Top ↑

Subscribe to our newsletter!