The Golfers 2010...Open Championship 15 - 18 July 2010
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In 1847, Charles Lees painted a collage of four golfers and a group of 48 “onlookers” (who were not necessarily there), members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, on the Old Course at St. Andrews. It is a record of the great and the good of golf at the time, and of St. Andrews “society”. When Lees painted this, golf was still mainly a Scottish pastime – 21 of the 23 active British golf clubs were in Scotland.

  The match in question is between Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther vs. Major Hugh Lyon Playfair and John Campbell of Glen Saddel. Lee composed his scene using the new science of photography, and a number of sketches, to help him with likenesses. The University of Strathclyde’s Genealogical Studies team has used 21st Century technology to trace lineal descendants of those portrayed in the original painting and generate a 2010 version.

  This will be on display, with the accompanying genealogical details, during the Open Championship and the Practice Days (Monday 12th to Sunday 18th July 2010).

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  The original painting is on view at the British Golf Museum now and throughout the Open Championship.

Charles Lees. The Golfers. Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Purchased with the assistance of
the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Art Fund and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club 2002.

There will also be an opportunity for the public to explore their own family histories, with help from Strathclyde’s genealogists.

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This project is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Fife Council's Year of Culture 2010

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