First Published in 1838, Kay's Protraits contains etchings and stories chronicling all walks of life in Edinburgh society, at the turn
of the 18th and 19th centuries, by the little known etcher John Kay. Kay
was an ex-barber and native of Edinburgh who turned to etching
relatively late in life and produced many hundreds of original naïve and
mostly humorous portraits of his fellow citizens.
In the world of golf, the most famous of Kay's portraits is that of Alexander McKellar, who was also known as "The Cock 'O The Green." He was addicted to the game and played all day long every day while leaving his wife to tend their tavern...which she did not like....
This framed image of M'Kellar is possibly from an original edition—what appears to be a plate mark around the image is visible.
A copy of the 8-page article as taken from the 1885 edition of Kays portraits is included with the framed image of M'Kellar.The article provides a good bit of early golf history as well as some amusing stories of M'Kellar
This etching represents one of the earliest pieces of golf art ever produced.