C1892

Mr. John Ball jun.

Artist:

Lib - Liborio Prosperi (1854 - 1928)

Rare Vanity Fair lithograph of the famous amateur golfer, John Ball. John Ball dominated amateur golf in Great Britain winning eight British Amateur championships. He was the first amateur golfer in England to be named by the Royal Empire as … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Mr. John Ball jun.

Date:

C1892

Artist:

Lib - Liborio Prosperi (1854 - 1928)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

200mm 
x 360mm
AUTHENTICITY
Mr. John Ball jun. - Antique Print from 1892

Genuine antique
dated:

1892

Description:

Rare Vanity Fair lithograph of the famous amateur golfer, John Ball.

John Ball dominated amateur golf in Great Britain winning eight British Amateur championships. He was the first amateur golfer in England to be named by the Royal Empire as an Immortal. 

In 1878, at the age of 17, Ball finished fifth in The Open at Prestwick. His run of Amateur titles began in 1888 and stretched until 1912, when he was 51 years old. His best year was 1890, when he won both the British Amateur and The Open Championships. Jones, who won the Grand Slam in 1930, is the only other golfer in history to win those two tournaments in the same year.  Although he gripped the club tightly in the palms of both hands, Ball’s swing was the most graceful and stylish of his era. Bernard Darwin wrote, “I have derived greater aesthetic and emotional pleasure from watching John Ball than from any other spectacle in the game.”  Ball learned the game competing against Harold Hilton on the links at Hoylake. In 1876, at the age of 15, he competed in his first Open Championship and finished sixth at St. Andrews.

From the original issue of Vanity Fair.

Biography:

Liborio Prosperi (Lib) (1854-1928)

Prosperi was an Italian-born artist who belonged to a group of international artists producing caricatures for Vanity Fair. He contributed 55 caricatures between 1885 and 1903, signed ‘Lib’, and mainly of sporting subject.

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