Friday, July 10, 2015

19C Women & Golf - Selling Grass Seed - Historic American Seed and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries




19C Women & Golf - Selling Grass Seed - Historic American Seed and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries




17C Women in Golf from Mary, Queen of Scots, through the 19C


The earliest painting I can find of a woman actually playing golf, or attempting to learn is from the 1600s.


1600s "Madam, please keep your eye on the ball!"  The 1st kolf lesson. Flemish painting by unknown artist.

We know that Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87), an avid golfer, coins the term “caddie” by calling her assistants “cadets.”  The Queen traveled to France to play golf.   Historians report, that she was criticized for playing golf & not spending enough time on royal matters.  She was ridiculed for playing a round just a few days after her husband, the English Lord Darnley, was strangled.  It is during her reign that the famous golf course at St. Andrews is built.

However, accurate records of women playing golf only begin to appear in the 19C.

1811 - On January 9, the first known women’s golf tournament is held at Musselburgh Golf Club, Scotland, among the town fishwives.

1867 - St. Andrew's in Scotland is the first ladies golf club.

1890 - Miss Carrie Low and John Reid defeat Mrs. Reid and John Upham in golf's first mixed foursome.

1891 -The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island opens its doors to women. Golf proved so popular that the club opened a 9-hole course for women 2 years later.

1893 - Formation of the Ladies Golf Union which sponsors the first British Ladies' championship, won by Lady Margaret Scott.

1893 - A woman invents the First Golf Handicap. Londoner Issette Miller helped develop one of the earliest golf handicap systems which levels the playing field between competitors of different abilities and experience.

1894 - The first ladies golf tournament in the United States is held on the 7-hole Morristown, NJ course on Oct 17-1894. Miss Hollard A. Ford won with a 97 scored on the double-7, 14 strokes under her nearest rival.

1894 - The first Australian women's national golf championship is held.

1895 - The first Women's Amateur Golf championship in the United States is contested among 13 golfers at the Meadow Brook Club, Hempstead, N.Y., on Nov. 9. The match is won by Mrs. Charles S. Brown with a 132 and the runner-up is Nellie Sargent.


17C Golf - Children play & golf evolves


1595 Adriaen van der Linde



1603 Attributed to Adriaen van der Linde (Dutch artist, 1560-1609) Three-Year-Old Boy with Colf Stick



1626 Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn (Dutch painter, 1572-1657) Young Boy with a Golf Club and Ball



Bartholomeus van der Helst, ca. 1658-1659



1600s Unknown artist



1615 Unknown Artist



1640 Unknown artist



1612 Unknown Dutch artist, Master Slijper' holding a brass-headed kolf club



 1613 Marinus Molenaar Kanters Boy aged four and a half



 1620-30s Paulus Moreelse (Dutch artist, 1571-1638) Portrait Of A Four-Year Old Boy With Club And Ball



1624 Nicolaes Eliaszoon Pickenoy (Dutch painter, 1588-1656)  'Boys Playing Kolf on a Road.' Detail



1626 Adriaan Pietersz van der Venne (Dutch genre painter, 1589-1662).Man with Boy playing golf wearing ice spurs



 1631 Wybrand de Geest (Dutch artist, 1592-1661-65) Portrait of a Boy with a 'Colf' Stick



 1635 Wybrand de Geest (Dutch artist, 1592-1661-65) Portrait of two brothers



1650 Peter Lely (English artist, 1618-1680)  The Children of the Markgraaf de Trazegnies



1660 Pieter de Hooch (Dutch genre painter, 1629-1684) The Little Golf Players


15C Golf - A cross between golf & hockey?


Book of Hours, Les Heurs de Romme. By Simon Vostre for Philippe Pigouchet. Paris 1498


15C Golf - A Golf club at the Table of The Seven Deadly Sins (c. 1480). by Hieronymus Bosch


A Golf club at the Table of The Seven Deadly Sins (c. 1480). by Hieronymus Bosch