Sunday, July 12, 2015

Women Playing Tennis in both private & public gardens & parks



Otto Henry Bacher (American painter, 1856–1909) Portrait of Mary Holland

The modern form of tennis evolved in the 19th-century. Between 1859 & 1865, in Birmingham, England, Major Harry Gem, a solicitor, & his friend Augurio Perera, a Spanish merchant, combined elements of the game of rackets & the Spanish ball game Pelota playing it on a croquet lawn in Edgbaston. In 1872, both men moved to Leamington Spa; & in 1874, with 2 doctors from the Warneford Hospital, they founded the world's 1st tennis club, the Leamington Tennis Club.

In December 1873, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield designed & patented a similar game—which he called Sphairistikè (from ancient Greek meaning "skill at playing at ball" soon known simply as "sticky") for the amusement of his guests at a garden party on his estate of Nantclwyd, in Llanelidan, Wales. He likely based his game on the evolving sport of outdoor tennis including real tennis.

Much of modern tennis terminology also derives from this period, as Wingfield borrowed both the name and much of the French vocabulary of real tennis and applied them to his new game.   Tennis comes from the French tenez, the imperative form of the verb tenir, to hold. This was a cry used by the player serving in royal tennis, meaning "I am about to serve!"   Racquet comes from raquette, which derives from the Arabic rakhat, meaning the palm of the hand. Deuce comes from à deux le jeu, meaning "to both is the game" (that is, the two players have equal scores). The origin of the use of Love for zero is disputed. It is possible that it derives from "l'oeuf," the French word for "egg," representing the shape of a zero.


George Goodwin Kilburne (English painter, 1839-1924) A Game of Tennis



Francis Sydney Muschamp (British artist, 1851-1929) A Game of Tennis



John Lavery (Irish painter, 1856-1941) A Game of Tennis



Leopold Franz Kowalski (French painter, 1856-1931) A Game of Tennis



John Strickland Goodall (British artist, 1908–1996) A Game of Tennis



Horace Henry Cauty (English genre painter, 1846-1909) The Tennis Match



Arthur Hacker (English Pre-Raphaelite painter, 1858-1919) The Artist's Sister 1882



John Strickland Goodall (British artist, 1908–1996) A Game of Tennis



Max Liebermann (German Impressionist Painter, 1847-1935) Tennis Player by the Sea



Tom Simpson (British artist, 1877-1964) The Tennis Party



John Strickland Goodall (British artist, 1908–1996) A Game of Tennis



James Wallace (British artist, 1872-1911) A Game of Tennis in Battersea Park



Max Liebermann (German Impressionist Painter, 1847-1935) Tennis Court with Players



Samuel John Peploe (Scotland artist, 1871-1935) Game of Tennis, Luxembourg Gardens, c 1906



Tom Simpson (British artist, 1877-1964) Edwardians at Tennis



Tom Simpson (British artist, 1877-1964) The Tennis Party



John Lavery (Irish painter, 1856-1941) Tennis



Louis Prang (American artist, 1824-1909)  Lawn Tennis



 Edith Hayllar (British Painter, 1860-1948) After Tennis


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