Medal Day at St. Andrews. Golf Picture. A extremely rare coloured engraving published by Dickinsons & Foster, June 1st 1898. Publishers to the Queen, New Bond Street, printed in Austria. The original painting was bought by the R & A from the publishers Dickinsons, who had arranged the painting. The picture depicts Arthur James Balfour, the future Prime Minister, at the 1894 Autumn Meeting on the first tee. He is playing himself in as captain of the R & A which is a nerve-wracking moment when scrutinized by the membership. Belfour’s celebrity status made him a much portrayed figure on the golf course. Old Tom Morris is seen teeing up the ball for Balfour. In the foreground to the extreme left is A.F. Macfie, the first Amateur Champion, on the steps to the right in amongst the group of people can be found J.H.Taylor, the Open Champion. The gentleman peering from his box is the starter Andrew Greig and the eventual winner of the Medal that day, Freddie Tait, stands with hand on hip in the foreground towards the left. A complete key was produced at the time to identify 191 of the prominent personalities within the picture.
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