Edwardian Tennis Scene by 20th Century Italian School


Edwardian Tennis Scene


20th Century Italian School

Ref GM2682
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 17" x 8" (43 x 20 cm)
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In 1873, Major Walter Wingfield invented a game from which modern outdoor tennis evolved. It had close connections both to various field games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older racquet sport of real tennis. The game caught on quickly in Great Britain and spread throughout the British Empire. The first world tennis championship was held in 1877. Women of the Edwardian era were not expected to compete seriously at sports. The first tennis paintings often reflect the novelty of female players participating in sport. Women had not previously been seen exercising on immaculately rolled lawns in the heat of the summer. Women wore full length skirts or dresses and men dressed in white flannel trousers and white shirts, sometimes adding v-neck or cable-knit sweaters to their kit to add an element of style to their appearance.