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To the Society of Goffers at Blackheath, This Plate Is with Just Respect Dedicated by Their Mosthumble Servant [19th Century Copy of Rare 18th Century Print].
- 1790, 19th century copy. () Very good. 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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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