The Opening Drive

£20.00

At the stroke of noon on 17th October 1860, the greatest Golf championship on Earth was inaugurated by Tom Morris’s opening drive on the seaside links of Prestwick in western Scotland. No artist or photographer being present, the historic moment was not captured in any medium and has thus remained unseen - until now.
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Artist: 
Peter Munro

Large print

Image size - 700 x 470 mm

Print Size - 800 x 580 mm

Medium print

Image size - 550 x 370 mm

Print Size - 610 x 440 mm

Small print

Image size - 370 x 250 mm

Print Size - 420 x 305 mm

 

The Opening Drive

At the stroke of noon on 17th October 1860, the greatest Golf championship on Earth was inaugurated by Tom Morris’s opening drive on the seaside links of Prestwick in western Scotland. No artist or photographer being present, the historic moment was not captured in any medium and has thus remained unseen - until now.

After five years of careful research, Prof David Purdie of the University of Edinburgh commissioned the distinguished artist Peter Munro to paint the scene. The work faithfully represents both the landscape and seascape as they were on The Open’s first day as Tom Morris, on the 1st tee, lines up his opening drive against Prestwick’s famous backdrop of the Firth of Clyde and the distant Isle of Arran. He is watched by other competitors, including the eventual winner, Willie Park Sr of Musselburgh, tournament officials and spectators.

The features and dress of the twelve principal individuals shown in the work were obtained from contemporary photographs and paintings. Peter Munro, a portraitist as well as a landscape artist, has captured their features, which be recognisable to their descendants alive today.

The painting, which is now in the collection of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, is literally unique. No other image representing the first Open Championship is known to exist.