B.M. Cole


Two of the earliest illustrations of golf published in Victorian England

"Golf" [and] "Driving" Doyle, C.A. [artist, 1832-1893] London Society, 1863

The Unique or Rare Shop item image 1975

A matched pair of original 1860s engravings, each 7 x 5 inches, 190 x 130 mm. In nice unmarked original condition on single-sided paper, suitable for mounting and framing.

The Unique or Rare Shop item image 1975a

Although the history of golf stretches back to the 15th century, prior to the 1850s it had not achieved widespread popularity, being mainly confined to Scotland. However, the introduction of the gutta percha ball, replacing the earlier 'featherie', brought about a change in club design and, because of its cheaper price, introduced many new players to the game.

These whimsical sketches by C.A. Doyle were published as single-sided framable prints in the London Society magazine of 1863.  They were amongst the earliest illustrations of golf to be published in Victorian England and played their part in extending an awareness of the sport beyond the restricted confines of Scotland.

Offered here is a fine pair of these original 150-year old 1863 London Society engravings.

Charles Altamont Doyle (25 March 1832 - 10 October 1893) was the brother of the artist Richard Doyle, the son of the artist John Doyle, and the father of Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes.

Item reference RS-1875.

Price: £35 (GB pounds sterling) plus postage and insurance as below
- First class postage, fully insured, within the UK: £3
- Airmail postage, fully insured, outside the UK: £5

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