1802 "Cock of the Green" Golf Etching by J. Kay

Presented is an etching by the Scottish caricature artist, John Kay. Printed in 1803, the etching depicts Alexander McKeller on the Bruntsfield Links. McKeller was a famous golfer in Edinburgh at the time, notorious for his devotion to the game, playing at all hours and in all weather conditions. 

John Kay (1742-1826) was a Scottish etcher and caricature artist. Born near Dalkeith, Kay was apprenticed as a barber at the young age of thirteen. He moved to Edinburgh in 1771, where he worked as a barbe for fourteen years. In 1784, he published his first caricature of Laird Robertson. In 1785, after experimenting in aquatint and etching and gaining some success, he chose to open a small print shop in Parliament Square. There he continued to flourish, painting miniatures, and publishing his sketches and caricatures of local celebrities and oddities, who abounded at that period in Edinburgh society. Kay’s famous shop on the Royal Mile was destroyed during the Great Edinburgh Fire of November 1824.

CONDITION:

Etching on wove paper. Good condition, with only minimal toning. Framed by the previous owner.

Framed dimensions: 12 3/4" H x 11 1/4" W x 1" D.




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