Sunday, February 26, 2017

1600s Peasants Lawn Bowling

Unknown artist in the style of David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) Peasants bowling

Saturday, February 25, 2017

1460 Golf, Sheep, & Dogs - Illuminated Manuscript

Illuminated Manuscript The Putting Variant of PalleMail. The Nativity, Heures de la Duchesse de Bourgogne, ca. 1460.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

1490 Golf - Illuminated Manuscript

Detail from an Illuminated miniature in French Book of Hours, by The Master of Edward IV group from about 1490.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

16C Women Golfers - Illuminated Manuscript

Book of Hours in Latin and French known as Les Heures de Abbot Guillaume de Bracque for whom it was written and illuminated between 1516 and 1574 (folios 48 verso and recto)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1500s Women Golfers - Illuminated Manuscript

Book of Hours in Latin and French known as Les Heures de Abbot Guillaume de Bracque for whom it was written and illuminated between 1516 and 1547 

Monday, February 20, 2017

1500s Golf - Illuminated Manuscript

Book of Hours known as Les Heures de Guillaume de Bracque for whom it was written and illuminated between 1516 and 1547 (folio 48 recto)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

16C Elite Golf & Tennis as symbols of David & Bathsheba

Lucas van Gassel (Dutch artist, 1490-1568) A 1500s depiction of palace grounds illustrating the temptations of David & Bathsheba using Tennis & Beugelen

The principal literary source of inspiration for this paintings came from the pen of Antonio de Guevara, in particular his Del Menosprecio de la corte y alabanzade la aldea (A Dispraise of the Life of a Courtier), published in 1539. At the end of his preface to the Menosprecio, the author refers to the adultery of David & Bathsheba, as described in the bible. Gassel probably included the maze in his paintings as a tempting symbol of courtly pleasures from which it would be difficult to escape. The subject obviously appealed to the nobility, because between 1540-1560, about 12 copies were made at Gassel’s workshop of the original, all very similar in their layout & all including games such as beugelen & an open tennis court.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

16C Elite Golf & Tennis as symbols of David & Bathsheba

Lucas van Gassel (Dutch artist, 1490-1568) The grounds of a Renaissance palace illustrating episodes from the story of David & Bathsheba using Tennis & Beugelen

During the 1500s, artist Lucas Gassel of Helmond 1490-1568 & some of his contemporaries, painted landscapes of Charles V's main palace & its extensive gardens.  They used them to illustrate the biblical story of David & Bathsheba.  They saw the emperor’s extensive gardens as a perfect setting to play a game of tennis, buegelen, or a variety of other courtly pastimes which served as tempting symbols of courtly pleasures easier to enter than to escape.

Friday, February 10, 2017

1779 Women's Cricket Match

Cricket match played by the Countess of Derby and other ladies (1779) 1st recorded woman's game in England was in 1745.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

17C Golf in the Garden

Golf The Prodigal Son, engraved by Nicolaes de Bruyn (1565 - 1652) to a design by Jacob Maertensz. Savery (ca. 1565-1603)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

1668 Klos Course at Het Loo Palace

Klos Course at Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, manufactured by J. Call Sr. edited by Peter Schenk I (1661-1713). 1688 - 1700.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

17C Skittles, dogs, & a few chickens

Adriaen van de Velde (Dutch, 1636-1672) Skittle Players in a partially fenced & hedged clearing shared with a pet dog and a few hungry chickens.

Friday, February 3, 2017

17C Skittles for Children

Czech boy with a mallet (4) drives a tennis-sized wooden ball to an iron ring and (3) portrays skittles pins played in a small, enclosed area. Orbis Sensualium Pictus (The Visible World, first edition 1657), a woodcut from the text by Johann Amos Comenius. Orbis Pictus, or Orbis Sensualium Pictus (The Visible World in Pictures) is a textbook for children written by Czech educator Comenius. It is a prototype of a children’s encyclopedia and is considered to be one of the first picture books intended for children.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

An Enclosed 16C Garden filled with Music

1531 Illustration to Cicero, 'Officia'  Augsburg, by Hans Weiditz (German artist, c1500-c1536)  Published by Heinrich Steiner (fl.1530).  Here is an enclosed garden. In 16C manor houses, these enclosed spaces often represented a garden of earthly delights. Enclosed within wattle fences, with grass treated as a flowery mead planted with low-growing wild flowers & herbs. Birds & visitors fill the air with music.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017