About this artwork

This large painting shows a match being played on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews. 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. Lee carefully composed this complex scene, which includes over fifty individual portraits, using photographs of some of the golfers to help him.

  • title:
    The Golfers
  • accession number:
    PG 3299
  • artist:
    Charles LeesScottish (1800 - 1880)
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1847
  • measurements:
    131.00 x 214.00 cm (framed: 169.80 x 252.00 x 15.40 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club 2002
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Charles Lees

Charles Lees