1902 "In the Sand" Golf Photogravure by James Michael Brown from Sporting Pictures

Presented is a color photogravure by James Michael Brown entitled “In the Sand”. The print depicts two golfers with their young caddies on the historic St. Andrews golf course. One player is "bunkered" in a sandpit, “one of the sandy pits that mark the outward journey of the St. Andrews golfers.”

This golfing scene is from the book 1902 “Sporting Pictures” edited by E.W. Savoy and written by R. Fletcher Robinson. The book featured many sports themed color illustrations, including this golfing scene by Brown. 

James Michael Brown (1853-1947) was an accomplished Scottish water-colorist, famous for his golfing scenes of British and Scottish courses, competitions, and players. Brown often had famous golfers of the time sit for him during competitions and he used these studies to help him later reproduce accurate likenesses of the players in his paintings. His most celebrated paintings were ones commissioned by the Life Association of Scotland, many of which were turned into prints for their annual calendar.

Most of Brown’s artwork was painted in watercolor or pencil en grisaille, a technique of painting in various shades of gray washes that at first glance resemble a photograph. Celebrated in his time, Brown exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts between 1890 and 1900 and the Royal Scottish Academy of Arts between 1879 and 1897. 


Good condition. Color photogravure. Color intact and vibrant. Paper healthy with light toning to margins. Image size: 7 3/4" H x 11 1/2" W. 

Artfully framed in a custom wooden frame with dark acid-free mats and UV glass. Framed Dimensions: 12 5/8 " H x 16 1/8" W x 1" D.

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