Lawn Tennis


“Lawn Tennis.”  From Illustrated London News.  London, July 24, 1880.  12 1/4 x 18 1/2.  Wood engraving.  Very good condition.

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An early print of lawn tennis from The Illustrated London News.  Many events and subjects from the nineteenth century did not warrant the production of separately issued prints nor of published photographs. However, printed images of these events and subjects are, thankfully, available to us through the medium of the illustrated newspaper. These newspapers, usually issued weekly in England and the America, were made possible by the development of wood engraving as a practical method of print making. These publications, filled with current text and a multitude of illustrations, became extremely popular from their first appearance with the Illustrated London News in 1842. This resource provides us with many images of all parts of the world in the nineteenth century, most of which would not exist without these papers. This is a fine example of the output of one of the most successful papers in England, showing an early game of tennis.