image © Guy Peppiatt Fine Art | Licence: All Rights Reserved
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The Game of Billiards

Date

ca. 1817

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From the Collection

Description

This drawing dates to circa 1817. The player about to make a shot is using a mace, with which the ball was shoved rather than struck. The dominant billiard game in Britain from about 1770 until the early twentieth century was English Billiards, played with three balls and six pockets on a large rectangular table. A similar drawing of a game of billiards, but in reverse, is in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (TMS 5665).

Engraved As `By Gamblers linked in Folly's noose Play ill or well he's sure to lose', for Dances of Life, 1817, p.230

Descriptive medium

Pen and grey ink and watercolour

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Location

England

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