Old Tom Morris 
The Art of Golf exhibit opens at Philadelphia Museum of Art

By Joe Logan
Published April 4, 2013

The U.S. Open at Merion GC is still three months away but the focus on golf in Philadelphia has already begun. March 16 was opening day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an exhibit called The Art of Golf, an 18-piece collection that includes oil paintings, a drawing, a photograph, an engraving, a silver club  and other memorabilia, much of it on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland.


The exhibit will remain at the museum through July 7, three weeks after the Open.


The centerpiece of the collection is perhaps the most famous painting in the history of golf.   Titled "The Golfers," the 7-foot wide canvas, rendered in 1847 by Scotsman Charles Lees,  is set on the Old Course in St. Andrews and depicts a crucial moment in match between Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther and  Sir Hugh Playfair and John Campbell.


For golf history buffs, another favorite will be the 1903 oil-on-canvas painting of Old Tom Morris (1821-1908), the St. Andrews native and four-time winner of the Open Championships, who is a central figure in the development of the game.


Here is the museum’s press release on the exhibit.


Here is the museum’s press release on the "The Golfers."


The collection is drawn from a larger exhibit that has been on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.  That exhibit included many more recent pieces of art and memorabilia.


Yesterday, the museum held a "press preview,"  which I attended, video camera in hand.  Here’s a short video on the exhibit.










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