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Henry Callender Esq're. To the Society of Goffers at Blackheath.


  • PUBLISHER: Published by William Ward, 24 Buchingham Place, Fitzroy Square.

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint

    DATE: 1812

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 25 1/2 x 16 3/4" (64.7 x 42.4 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: A rare period proof impression of one of the earliest printed golfing portraits.<br><br> Inscribed below image: "Painted by L.F. Abbott." "Engraved by Wm. Ward, Engraver to their R.H. the Prince Regent & Duke of York." and below title: "This Plate is with just Respect, Dedicated by Their most humble Servant, Wm. Ward.""Proof"<br><br> A large mezzotint portrait of Henry Callender Esqr., Captain General of the Society of Golfers at Blackheath, now the Royal Blackheath Golf Club, England's oldest golf club. Callender is shown full length, wearing the club's Field Marshal uniform and medal, a role that involved overseeing the cutting of holes on the course. Callender leans upon a stout spoon, with a putter propped against a pillar to his left.<br><br> The original painting and the two golf clubs illustrated are still in the collection of Royal Blackheath Golf Club.<br><br> William Ward (1762-1826) was a British engraver, particularly known for subject mezzotints and decorative stipples, but later in his career predominantly as a portrait engraver.<br><br> Lemuel Francis Abbott (1760/61- 1803) was an English portrait painter, most known for his painting of Horatio Nelson, and those of Captain William Innes and Henry Callender of Blackheath Golf Club. Abbott studied under Francis Hayman and although he exhibited at the Royal Academy, he never became an Academician. It is said that overwork, due to the commissions he took on, and domestic unhappiness led to him being declared insane in 1798.<br><br>

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: A beautiful impression. Framed to museum quality standards. Overall framed size, 38 1/2 x 28"

  • CONDITION: Good condition save for some minor foxing in the outer margins.


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