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      • Charles Lees (1800-1880) "End of the Day"
        Nov. 08, 2023

        Charles Lees (1800-1880) "End of the Day"

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Charles Lees (United Kingdom, 1800-1880) "End of the Day", pastel drawing on paper, signed. Size: 19'' x 15'', 48 x 38 cm (sight); 27'' x 23.5'', 69 x 60 cm (frame). Provenance: Gifted to consignor by a family member of the artist.

        Material Culture
      • Charles Lees (1800-1880) Hand Colored Engraving by Charles E. Wagstaffe The Golfers
        Oct. 15, 2023

        Charles Lees (1800-1880) Hand Colored Engraving by Charles E. Wagstaffe The Golfers

        Est: $200 - $300

        Charles Lees (1800-1880) Hand Colored Engraving by Charles E. Wagstaffe The Golfers. The Golfers: A Grand Match Played Over St. Andrew's Links, 1850. Good condition. Mat is fixed to engraving. Approx. 26 in. H x 32 in. W. 16.5 in. H x 23.5 in. W (plate).

        Hughes Auctions
      • Charles Lees "The Golfers" Hand Colored Engraving
        Sep. 23, 2023

        Charles Lees "The Golfers" Hand Colored Engraving

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Featured in this lot is this hand painted engraving of Charles Lees's original painting done in 1847 titled, "The Golfers: A Grand Match Played Over the St. Andrews", with the engraving and hand coloring done by Charles E. Wagstaff circa late 1800s to early 1900s. This engraving depicts one of the most well-known golf paintings ever created, with the "Ginger Beer hole" at the Old Course in St. Andrews as the backdrop. The engraving depicts a scene from the October 1841 meeting of the Royal & Ancient. The game between Major Playfair and John Campbell and Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther is shown in the scene. Numerous other well-known golfers can also be named. Lees took great pride in capturing the true likeness of the actual players and spectators in his famed portrait paintings. The original Charles Lees painting, which stood an impressive and imposing four feet and three inches tall by seven feet wide, was completed in 1847. Three years later, Charles Wagstaff’s black and white line engraving was published by Alexander Hill, in Edinburgh, in 1850. In Cupar, Fife, Charles Lees (1800–1880) was born. He received his art training in Edinburgh under the tutelage of renowned portraitist Sir Henry Raeburn. He returned to Edinburgh and established himself as a portrait painter after spending six months traveling and painting in Rome. In 1830, Lees was chosen as a Royal Scottish Academician. He started writing about sports in the 1840s, focusing on curling and golf. His first major sporting picture was "The Golfers". The engraving shows a group of golfers and spectators watching the historic match as they crowd the green and hole watching to see if the putt was made. The engraving reads at the bottom, "Edinburgh, 20 December 1850 published by Alexander Hills print seller to the Queen, 67 Princess Street / The Golfers / A grand match played over St. Andrews Links". In the bottom right hand corner, right below the engraving it reads, "Engraved by Charles E. Wagstaff", while the bottom left hand corner under the engraving reads, "Painted by Charles Lees". The engraving is set in a wood frame, sits behind glass and is single matted. The engraving and frame show good condition overall with no signs of obvious damage present. The visible art measures 15 15/16" L x 24 3/4" W, while the entire piece measures 25 3/8" L x 33 1/4" W.

        North American Auction Company
      • After Charles Lees RSA The Curling Match engraved by John le Conte (together with 'Key to Mr Lees' picture of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club at Linlithgow'. (2))
        Sep. 14, 2023

        After Charles Lees RSA The Curling Match engraved by John le Conte (together with 'Key to Mr Lees' picture of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club at Linlithgow'. (2))

        Est: £500 - £700

        After Charles Lees RSA The Curling Match engraved by John le Conte engraving 65.5 x 101cm (25 13/16 x 39 3/4in). together with 'Key to Mr Lees' picture of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club at Linlithgow'. (2)

        Bonhams
      • CHARLES LEES RSA (SCOTTISH, 1800-1880) SUMMER EVENING ON MUSSELBURGH LINKS, MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAVURE,
        Jun. 07, 2021

        CHARLES LEES RSA (SCOTTISH, 1800-1880) SUMMER EVENING ON MUSSELBURGH LINKS, MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAVURE,

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Charles Lees RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) SUMMER EVENING ON MUSSELBURGH LINKS, monochrome photogravure, image: 13” x 24”, framed: 30” x 39”

        Graham Budd Auctions
      • Charles Lees (1800-1880) Tranquil coastal landscape under moonlight 18.75 x 29.5in.
        Dec. 08, 2020

        Charles Lees (1800-1880) Tranquil coastal landscape under moonlight 18.75 x 29.5in.

        Est: £500 - £800

        Charles Lees (1800-1880) oil on canvas Tranquil coastal landscape under moonlight signed and dated 1865 18.75 x 29.5in.

        Gorringes
      • A 1847 Color Etching The Golfers by Charles Lees
        May. 10, 2020

        A 1847 Color Etching The Golfers by Charles Lees

        Est: $100 - $150

        A 1847 Color Etching The Golfers, A Grand Match Played Over St. Andrews Links by Charles Lees (1800 - 1880). Charles Lees was active/lived in the United Kingdom. Charles Lees is known for painting. Size: 15 1/2 X 22 3/4 in.

        Antique Arena Inc
      • CHARLES LEES R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1800-1880) THE MUSIC SCORE 76cm x 63.5cm (30in x 25in)
        May. 23, 2018

        CHARLES LEES R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1800-1880) THE MUSIC SCORE 76cm x 63.5cm (30in x 25in)

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        CHARLES LEES R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1800-1880) THE MUSIC SCORE Oil on canvas 76cm x 63.5cm (30in x 25in)

        Lyon & Turnbull
      • * Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) A summer evening on the Musselburgh Links: Golfers 55 x 98 cm. (21 5/8 x 38 9/16 in.)
        Apr. 25, 2018

        * Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) A summer evening on the Musselburgh Links: Golfers 55 x 98 cm. (21 5/8 x 38 9/16 in.)

        Est: £150,000 - £200,000

        Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) A summer evening on the Musselburgh Links: Golfers signed and dated 'C. Lees R.S.A./1859' (lower left)oil on canvas55 x 98 cm. (21 5/8 x 38 9/16 in.)

        Bonhams
      • Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) A summer evening on the Musselburg
        Oct. 11, 2017

        Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) A summer evening on the Musselburg

        Est: £300,000 - £500,000

        Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) A summer evening on the Musselburgh Links: Golfers 55 x 98 cm. (21 5/8 x 38 9/16 in.)

        Bonhams
      • Print, After Charles Lees
        Jul. 15, 2017

        Print, After Charles Lees

        Est: $100 - $200

        After Charles Lees (Scottish, 1800-1880), "The Golfers - A Grand Match Played Over St. Andrew''s Links," handcolored engraving, engraved by Chalres E. Wagstaff (British, 1808- ?), printed by W. Wolding of Edinburgh, overall (with frame): 33.5"h x 46.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Print, After Charles Lees
        Jun. 17, 2017

        Print, After Charles Lees

        Est: $300 - $500

        After Charles Lees (Scottish, 1800-1880), "The Golfers - A Grand Match Played Over St. Andrew''s Links," handcolored engraving, engraved by Chalres E. Wagstaff (British, 1808- ?), printed by W. Wolding of Edinburgh, overall (with frame): 33.5"h x 46.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Print, After Charles Lees
        May. 20, 2017

        Print, After Charles Lees

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        After Charles Lees (Scottish, 1800-1880), "The Golfers - A Grand Match Played Over St. Andrew''s Links," handcolored engraving, engraved by Chalres E. Wagstaff (British, 1808- ?), printed by W. Wolding of Edinburgh, overall (with frame): 33.5"h x 46.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Charles Lees (1800-1880) RSA Scottish, Oil on canvas, Noble lady reading le
        Dec. 02, 2016

        Charles Lees (1800-1880) RSA Scottish, Oil on canvas, Noble lady reading le

        Est: £1,200 - £1,500

        Charles Lees (1800-1880) RSA Scottish, Oil on canvas, Noble lady reading letter in her dressing room, lit by light from an armorial stained glass flanked window and being watched by a gentleman (father?), Signed and dated ' 1830 ' lower right. 30 1/4 x 25''

        Claydon Auctioneers
      • Charles Lees (1800-1880) RSA Scottish, Oil on canvas, Noble lady reading letter in her dressing room, lit by light from an armorial stained glass flanked window and being watched by a gentleman (father?), Signed and dated ' 1830 ' lower right. 30 1/4
        Nov. 12, 2016

        Charles Lees (1800-1880) RSA Scottish, Oil on canvas, Noble lady reading letter in her dressing room, lit by light from an armorial stained glass flanked window and being watched by a gentleman (father?), Signed and dated ' 1830 ' lower right. 30 1/4

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Charles Lees (1800-1880) RSA Scottish, Oil on canvas, Noble lady reading letter in her dressing room, lit by light from an armorial stained glass flanked window and being watched by a gentleman (father?), Signed and dated ' 1830 ' lower right. 30 1/4 x 25''

        Claydon Auctioneers
      • The Golfers: A Grand Match Played Over the St. Andrews Links
        Feb. 27, 2014

        The Golfers: A Grand Match Played Over the St. Andrews Links

        Est: $5,000 - $8,000

        <p> Hand-colored steel engraving by Charles E. Wagstaffe after the original oil painting by Charles Lees. 20½x33¼ image on a 25½x37½ overall sheet. Printed by W. Wolding, Edin. Matted and framed.</p>

        PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
      • Lithograph, "The Golfers," Charles Lees (English, 1800-1880), N2HNI
        Feb. 04, 2014

        Lithograph, "The Golfers," Charles Lees (English, 1800-1880), N2HNI

        Est: $200 - $400

        Engraved by Chas. E Wagstaffe, titled "The Golfers: A Grand Match Played over St. Andrew`s Links," by Sir David Baird of Newbyth Bart & Sir Ralph Anstruther of Balcaskie, Bart Against Major Playfair & John Cambell, Esq of Saddell.

        Nye & Company
      • After Charles Lees RSA (1800-1880) 'Portrait of a
        Jun. 01, 2013

        After Charles Lees RSA (1800-1880) 'Portrait of a

        Est: £20 - £30

        After Charles Lees RSA (1800-1880) 'Portrait of a Gentleman' Reproduction engraving by Edward Burton, 41 x 61cm

        Shapes Auctioneers & Valuers
      • CHARLES LEES R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1800-1880) EUPHEMIA, THE MUSICIAN 66cm x 63.5cm (30in x 25in)
        Feb. 13, 2013

        CHARLES LEES R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1800-1880) EUPHEMIA, THE MUSICIAN 66cm x 63.5cm (30in x 25in)

        Est: £1,500 - £2,000

        CHARLES LEES R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1800-1880) EUPHEMIA, THE MUSICIAN Oil on canvas 66cm x 63.5cm (30in x 25in)

        Lyon & Turnbull
      • Sporting Memorabilia - Golfing Artwork : Charles
        Jun. 01, 2012

        Sporting Memorabilia - Golfing Artwork : Charles

        Est: £50 - £75

        Sporting Memorabilia - Golfing Artwork : Charles Lees (1800-1880) after "THE GOLFERS - A GRAND MATCH PLAYED OVER THE LINKS OF ST ANDREWS" colour print from the original painting in 1847 c/w key plate - mf&g overall 28.5 x 40" (2)

        Mullocks Specialist Auctioneers
      • CHARLES LEES
        May. 17, 2011

        CHARLES LEES

        Est: £100,000 - £200,000

        CHARLES LEES 1800-1880 SKATERS, A SCENE ON DUDDINGSTON LOCH NEAR EDINBURGH signed and dated on the edge of the sled in the foreground: C Lees. F. 1853 oil on canvas 84 by 127cm.; 33 by 50in.

        Sotheby's
      • [ Sporting Memorabilia - Golf ]
        Apr. 28, 2011

        [ Sporting Memorabilia - Golf ]

        Est: £20 - £30

        Charles Lees (after) (1800-1880) "THE GOLFERS - A GRAND MATCH PLAYED OVER THE LINKS OF ST ANDREWS" colour print from the original painting in 1847 overall 28.5 x 40" c/w key plate f&g - mf&g

        Mullocks Specialist Auctioneers
      • Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) Euphemia (the musician)
        Oct. 14, 2010

        Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) Euphemia (the musician)

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Euphemia (the musician) label fragment verso oil on canvas 75.5 x 63.5cm (29 3/4 x 25in).

        Bonhams
      • Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) Portrait of a gentleman
        Oct. 14, 2010

        Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) Portrait of a gentleman

        Est: £300 - £500

        Portrait of a gentleman oil on canvas 60 x 50cm (23 5/8 x 19 11/16in).

        Bonhams
      • Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) The Young Connoisseur
        Oct. 14, 2010

        Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) The Young Connoisseur

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        The Young Connoisseur oil on canvas 63.5 x 76.5cm (25 x 30 1/8in).

        Bonhams
      • Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) Young boy with a bubble pipe
        Oct. 14, 2010

        Charles Lees, RSA (Scottish, 1800-1880) Young boy with a bubble pipe

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Young boy with a bubble pipe oil on canvas 126 x 101cm (49 5/8 x 39 3/4in).

        Bonhams
      • Charles Lees R.S.A. (1800-1880): An important mid-19th Century preliminary oil on paper portrait of John Campbell of Glensaddell Painted in preparation for 'The Golfers A Grand Match Played on St. Andrews Links 1841'. The painting has been left
        Jun. 16, 2010

        Charles Lees R.S.A. (1800-1880): An important mid-19th Century preliminary oil on paper portrait of John Campbell of Glensaddell Painted in preparation for 'The Golfers A Grand Match Played on St. Andrews Links 1841'. The painting has been left

        Est: £8,000 - £12,000

        Painted in preparation for 'The Golfers A Grand Match Played on St. Andrews Links 1841'. The painting has been left untouched and undivided on board. Provenance: From a private collection in Surrey, England and a Christie's catalogue entry circa 1940, a copy of which is attached to the reverse of the painting.

        Bonhams
      • Charles Lees R.S.A. (1800-1880): An important mid-19th Century preliminary oil on paper portrait of Viscount Valentia painted in preparation for 'The Golfers A Grand Match Played on St. Andrews Links 1841'. The painting has been left untouched and
        Jun. 16, 2010

        Charles Lees R.S.A. (1800-1880): An important mid-19th Century preliminary oil on paper portrait of Viscount Valentia painted in preparation for 'The Golfers A Grand Match Played on St. Andrews Links 1841'. The painting has been left untouched and

        Est: £8,000 - £12,000

        painted in preparation for 'The Golfers A Grand Match Played on St. Andrews Links 1841'. The painting has been left untouched and undivided on board. This lot also includes a copy of 'Challenges & Champions', The Royal and Ancient Club 1754-1883, by John Behrend and Peter N. Lewis. 5 x 3½ inches Provenance: From a private collection in Surrey, England and a Christie's catalogue entry circa 1940, a copy of which is attached to the reverse of the painting.

        Bonhams
      • [ Sporting Memorabilia / Cricket ]
        Feb. 18, 2010

        [ Sporting Memorabilia / Cricket ]

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Lees, Charles (1800-1880). The Golfers: A Grand Match Played Over the St. Andrews Links. Hand-colored steel engraving by Charles E. Wagstaffe after the original oil painting by Charles Lees. 21x34 image on a 25x36 overall sheet. Printed by W. Wolding, Edin. This one stated "Proof" in lower left margin Edinburgh: Alexander Hill, 1850 Unlike others offered recently at auction, this engraving is marked Proof. The work shows a moment captured from the 1841 Royal & Ancient annual meeting. The scene depicts the encounter between Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther playing against Major Playfair and John Campbell. Dozens of other well known golfers can be identified by the key made at the time of painting, and included in reference texts. The original painting by Charles Lees was finished in 1847 and measured 4'3"x7'. Three years later, "[Charles] Wagstaff's black-and-white line engraving was published by Hill in 1850 and can be seen in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the R & A collection. So e prints were then coloured..." -Golfing Art, edited by Phil Pilley, (1988 p.36. Olman's Encyclopedia of Golf Collectibles (1985), p. 171; Golf in Art by Michael Hobbs, (1996), p. 35. Dampstained at left edge, and upper and lower corner, mostly marginal, but extend approximately 1/4 " into the image, marginal dampstain on bottom right edge; loosely mounted to an old board matte; lightly foxed at margins; a very good and scarce example of the early proof issue of the engraving.

        PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
      • Lees, Charles (1800-1880). "The Golfers" - framed
        Aug. 06, 2009

        Lees, Charles (1800-1880). "The Golfers" - framed

        Est: $300 - $500

        Lees, Charles (1800-1880). "The Golfers" - framed print. High quality color reproduction print, "Homelovers Print". Approximately 17x25", framed and matted, 25x33" overall. London: Forst & Reed Ltd., 1951 Originally painted in 1847 and first engraved in 1850; "a popular work showing a match at St. Andrews with Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther playing against Major Playfair and John Campbell. Dozens of other well known golfers are shown in the scene and can be identified on the accompanying key plate [printed sheet affixed on frame verso]. Individual portraits of the different characters were made by Lees before he made the large painting" - Olman's Encyclopedia of Golf Collectibles (1985), p. 171. Not examined outside of frame; else fine.

        PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
      • Charles Lees, R.S.A. (1800-1880)
        Oct. 26, 2006

        Charles Lees, R.S.A. (1800-1880)

        Est: £100,000 - £150,000

        Winter Day - A slide scene, Duddingstone Loch signed and dated 'C.Lees.RSA 1859' (lower right) and indistinctly inscribed 'Exhibited Royal Scottish Academy' (on a label attached to the reverse) oil on canvas 30 1/8 x 50 1/8 in. (76.5 x 127.3 cm.)

        Christie's
      • CHARLES LEES 1800-1880 JOHN MILTON
        Jul. 13, 2005

        CHARLES LEES 1800-1880 JOHN MILTON

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        signed and dated 1830 oil on canvas

        Sotheby's
      • CHARLES LEES, 1800-1880
        May. 26, 2004

        CHARLES LEES, 1800-1880

        Est: £3,000 - £5,000

        signed and dated 1830 oil on canvas

        Sotheby's
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