The Royal And Ancient Game: Golf And The British Queens 1120 And 1920

Wed 7 July 2010

Robert G Gowland

Bob Gowland has over thirty years of experience as a general valuer in the fine art world, with twenty years as a Director of Phillips the International Auctioneers, both in the United Kingdom and also in the United States of America where he was President of Phillips, New York. He lectures for Art Fund, NADFAS and other Fine Art Societies, offering a range of lectures and Study Days related to his wide professional experience and has a particular interest in the history of various sporting activities.

The lecture included a Royal element, such as Mary, Queen of Scots through to the present Duke of York; and had early references to golf-like games from 1120 – 1350. The Continental stick and ball games brought back by the Crusaders and developed in the Middle Ages are detailed and further developments of the 18th and 19th century, including the golden age of golf.