North American Auction Company
Timed Auction

Last Chance September Passed Lots Auction

Mon, Sep 25, 2023 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Sep 29, 2023 03:00PM EDT
Lot 300

Charles Lees "The Golfers" Hand Colored Engraving

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$35,000 $2,500
Featured in this lot is this hand painted engraving of Charles Lees's original painting done in 1847 titled, "The Golfers: A Grand Match Played Over the St. Andrews", with the engraving and hand coloring done by Charles E. Wagstaff circa late 1800s to early 1900s. This engraving depicts one of the most well-known golf paintings ever created, with the "Ginger Beer hole" at the Old Course in St. Andrews as the backdrop. The engraving depicts a scene from the October 1841 meeting of the Royal & Ancient. The game between Major Playfair and John Campbell and Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther is shown in the scene. Numerous other well-known golfers can also be named. Lees took great pride in capturing the true likeness of the actual players and spectators in his famed portrait paintings. The original Charles Lees painting, which stood an impressive and imposing four feet and three inches tall by seven feet wide, was completed in 1847. Three years later, Charles Wagstaff’s black and white line engraving was published by Alexander Hill, in Edinburgh, in 1850. In Cupar, Fife, Charles Lees (1800–1880) was born. He received his art training in Edinburgh under the tutelage of renowned portraitist Sir Henry Raeburn. He returned to Edinburgh and established himself as a portrait painter after spending six months traveling and painting in Rome. In 1830, Lees was chosen as a Royal Scottish Academician. He started writing about sports in the 1840s, focusing on curling and golf. His first major sporting picture was "The Golfers". The engraving shows a group of golfers and spectators watching the historic match as they crowd the green and hole watching to see if the putt was made. The engraving reads at the bottom, "Edinburgh, 20 December 1850 published by Alexander Hills print seller to the Queen, 67 Princess Street / The Golfers / A grand match played over St. Andrews Links". In the bottom right hand corner, right below the engraving it reads, "Engraved by Charles E. Wagstaff", while the bottom left hand corner under the engraving reads, "Painted by Charles Lees". The engraving is set in a wood frame, sits behind glass and is single matted. The engraving and frame show good condition overall with no signs of obvious damage present. The visible art measures 15 15/16" L x 24 3/4" W, while the entire piece measures 25 3/8" L x 33 1/4" W.

After you have succeessfully completed your purchase, including payment of your item, the shipping process will begin. Our company has partnered with a few local third party shipping vendors. Shipping will be handled between these third party business and the buyer. Auction company is not responsible for shipment or any duties there-in unless stated below. Firearms will be shipped by our company. Once you invoice has been paid for contact Mark at 800-686-4216 ext. 3 for shipping infomation on firearms. After your invoice has been paid one of the below third party shippers will pickup your items. Once these companies have created a shipping quote for you they will contract you using the contact information you have provided on your auction registration. Make sure to include the shipping address and correct contact information for a success shipping experience. For questions on shipping please contract the companies below or JoEllen at 800-686-4216 ext. 1 For shipping quotes please contract the companies below: "The UPS Store” #2420 1106 W Park St, Livingston, MT 59047 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 6:00pm Saturday, 10:00am - 3:00pm Sunday, CLOSED Phone: 406-222-4971 Fax: 406-222-9257 Email: Postal Annex 280 West Kagy Boulevard D, Bozeman, MT 59715 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday, 10:00am - 3:00pm Sunday, CLOSED Phone: 406-219-2210 Fax: 406-219-2209 Email: