Group of four well-executed original pen-and-watercolor / gouache drawings of humorous golfing scenes by an unidentified artist, approxmately 7" X 8 1/2" (with margins extending to 7 1/2" X 13"), n.d. [c. early twentieth century].

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A group of four original pen-and-watercolor / gouache drawings of humorous golfing scenes by an unidentified artist, after the the art work originally created by Charles Crombie (1885-1967) for his book The Rules of Golf Illustrated (c. 1906), approxmately 7" X 8 1/2" (with margins extending to 7 1/2" X 13"), on thin artists board, n.d. The drawings, depict nursery-rhyme-like golfers in medieval dress, caught in impossible golfing situations. These paintings have slight variations from the originals done by Crombie (which he had signed; these are not signed) and are very well-executed and crisply rendered. Included are drawings for Rules XV, XVII, XXIII, and XXXI. Each picture contains a calligraphic caption bearing one of the rules of the game, with a space underneath, evidently an area left blank for the insertion of advertising matter. One drawing, for example, shows a caddie carting a drunken tramp in a wheel barrow from the field of play, with a stout golfer looking on, accompanied by the legend: "Rule XVII. Any loose impediments may be removed from the putting-green . . . . " We have been unable to establish with certainty that these drawings were ever published, but it has been suggested that these originals were prepared in the 1950s. All in excellent condition with dark, rich tones. (Item ID: 15281)



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