A good Curling photogravure of the Caledonian Curling Club 'Grand match between the north and south at Carsebreck 1898'. In 1899 the Royal Caledonian Curling Club celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. A painting was commissioned to celebrate the event, which The National Galleries of Scotland has owned since 1959. The original oil painting is by Charles Martin Hardie. Engraved by Goupil & Co., and published in Paris 3rd. April 1901. Displayed in the original oak frame, this picture is signed by the artist in pencil as one of 150 artists proofs. (These were sold at 10gns. each in 1901).This is probably the grandest and rarest of the major curling subjects. The sixty-one figures are all portraits and a detailed key to their identities was published. Two women are present - Lady Gilmour and Mrs. Maxwell Durham - both seen at the far right. The Club owned the site at Carsebreck which was purposely flooded to form a safe sheet of ice for the Grand matches.Charles Martin Hardie (1858 - 1916) was born in East Linton on the outskirts of Edinburgh. He was a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, and studied at the RSA Life School in Edinburgh. He was a Scottish painter of portraits, figurative subjects, landscapes and genre scenes as well as historical paintings in both oils and watercolour.
image size: 21 3/4" high, 36 1/4" wide.124.5 cm wide x 91.5 cm high49" wide x 36" high