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Art of Golf
  • Publisher National Galleries of Scotland
  • Size 23.5 x 19.5 cm
The Art of Golf Exhibition Catalogue

The Art of Golf Exhibition Catalogue

Michael Clarke and Kenneth McConkey

The Art of Golf illustrates how the noble game has been depicted in European art from the seventeenth century to the present day. This fascinating story is told by images in a variety of media, from paintings and prints to photographs and posters. The centrepiece is Charles Lees’s The Golfers, 1847, which depicts a match played on the Old Course at St Andrews in 1847, and is one greatest golfing painting in the world.

In his essay Michael Clarke, director of the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, outlines the story behind the development of the game while art historian Kenneth McConkey discusses the series of paintings of golf at North Berwick made by Sir John Lavery in the years following the Great War. 


Michael Clarke is Director of the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. He has published widely, including books on English watercolours, the landscape painter Camille Corot, and his second, revised edition of the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art Terms was published in 2010. Most recently he co-curated the international exhibition Impressionist Gardens (2010-11) and wrote the exhibition catalogue of French Drawings in the Scottish National Gallery (2011).

Kenneth McConkey is Professor of Art History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He has written extensively about late Victorian and Edwardian painting.

Extent: 72pp. Binding: paperback. Illustrations: 60 colour Publication date: July 2014.


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