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Sports Art, Golf, Henry Callender, British Blackheath Golf Pioneer, Antique Print, London, 1916


Lemuel Francis Abbott (c. 1755/1761-1802) (after)
William Henderson (c. 1866-c. 1926) (engraver)
Henry Callender Esq., The Society of Golfers at Blackheath
Vicars Brothers, London, England: September 1, 1916
Mezzotint printed in colors
Signed in pencil lower right: Will Henderson
20 x 14 inches, image
23.5 x 16.5 inches, overall

A portrait of golfer Henry Callender, one of the pioneers of golf in England. He is depicted in the rich red Field Marshall’s uniform of the Blackheath Society of Golfers. This style of uniform is still worn by the present holder of the post on formal occasions. It is thought that the term Field Marshall was used at Royal Blackheath before the military use in the British army. The original painting and the two golf clubs and illustrated are still in the collection of Royal Blackheath Golf Club. This example is a limited 1916 version of the original 1812 mezzotint by William Ward after Abbott. It is on chine applique and wove paper, signed in pencil, proof before title, published by Vicars Brothers, London, 1916 with their address and copyright engraved above the image, and the embossed stamp of the Fine Art Trade Guild below the image. In the 20th Century, this popular image was made into prints by numerous makers, but this 1916 example as a color printed mezzotint is far superior with an alluring richness in color and tones.

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Lemuel Abbott was a British painter based in London, primarily known for portraits of male sitters, many of them naval officers, notably a portrait of the naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson that hangs in 10 Downing Street. He exhibited portraits at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1788, 1789, 1798, and 1800.

William Henderson was a British mezzotint engraver. The British Museum has over a dozen portrait and genre engravings from the 1890s to 1920s by Henderson in its collection.

Full publication information, top margin: Copyright Published September 1st 1916 by Vicars Brothers, 12, Old Bond Street, London, W.

Condition: Generally very good  — the rich colors quite impressive — recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with light remaining overall toning, wear, handling.


“Lemuel Francis Abbott.” National Gallery of Art. (6 November 2023).

“Lemuel Francis Abbott – Portrait of Henry Callender…” Wikimedia Commons. 9 June 2023. (6 November 2023).

“William John Henderson.” British Museum. (6 November 2023).