Lot # 50: 1867 Leith Links Gravure w/ Old Tom, Young Tom, Willie Park

Category: Photographs

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 12 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring 2020 Auction",
which ran from 5/6/2020 7:30 PM to
5/23/2020 7:00 PM

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At the 1867 Grand Golf Tournament at Leith Golf Links, a photographer was present to take 3 group photographs of the early professional golfers. This was simply unheard of at the time, as photography had only come to small town Scotland a decade prior and lowly caddies certainly couldn't afford such a luxury. Though the exact reason for the photographer's presence has been lost over time, the result was three of the most iconic nineteenth century golf images that exist. That group included both Old Tom Morris and his then-16 year old son Young Tom Morris, as well as Willie Park, Jame Anderson, and other early Open Championship winners.

This original gravure (Version 2 - Old Tom Addressing Ball) depicts the greatest golfers of 1867. This 153 year old piece of golfing history measures 8 7/8" x 10 7/8".

This photograph originates from the famous Auchterlonie family golf collection that was discovered in the 1980s.