Charles Lees

Scottish (1800 - 1880)
Charles Lees Allan Robertson, fl. 1847. Golf ball maker About 1847


Born 1800
Died 1880
Nationality Scottish

Charles Lees was born in Cupar, Fife. He trained as a painter in Edinburgh with the eminent portraitist, Sir Henry Raeburn. After six months in Rome he returned to Edinburgh where he established himself as a portrait painter. Lees was elected a Royal Scottish Academician in 1830. From the 1840s Lees built himself a reputation as a specialist in depicting sporting subjects; 'The Golfers' was his first major sporting picture.