19th Century Gen Mezzotint Society of Goffers (GOLFERS) At Blackhearth Abbott
Very Early Print in Nice Condition
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What makes this one more special is the condition of the print.
Most of the ones you find have water damage, stains, tears, and or glue marks.
This one is in extremely good condition given the age.
There is only some slight foxing here and there, mostly to the frame, and some very light toning.
All of the colors are still bright and vivid.
Framed under Museum Glass
Size Framed: 19.5″ by 27.5″
Print Size: 25″ by 17″
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.