Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Before Public Gardens & Parks - 16C Elite Golf & Tennis as symbols of David & Bathsheba

Lucas van Gassel (Dutch artist, 1490-1568) Landscape with courtly pleasure grounds illustrating David & Bathsheba's temptations with Tennis & Beugelen 

Tennis is visible on the right side of these paintings, and in a smaller walled area on the left is a court for an early form of beugelen (a Belgian/Dutch game, sometimes called farmers' golf), though it looks suspiciously like lawn billiards, which claims common ancestry with the French pall mall.