A Game of Bowls on the Bowling Green Outside the Bunch of Grapes Inn, Hurst, Berkshire
- Watercolor and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream, wove paper
- Sheet: 8 1/4 x 10 7/8 inches (21 x 27.6 cm)
Signed in black ink, lower left: "MA Rooker"
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Drawings & Watercolors
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- architectural subject | ball games | benches | bowls | castle | dog (animal) | fence | genre subject | hats | inn | leisure | men | trees
- Associated Places:
- Berkshire | England | Hurst | St. Nicholas Hurst | United Kingdom
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Michael "Angelo" Rooker, 1746–1801, British, A Game of Bowls on the Bowling Green Outside the Bunch of Grapes Inn, Hurst, Berkshire, undated
Michael "Angelo" Rooker's drawing depicts a rather more sedate if less thrilling sporting activity, the game of bowls. Dating back to the Middle Ages, and still popular in Britain today, bowls is played on grass by rolling heavy balls, known as "woods" so that they rest as closely as possible to the target ball, known as the "jack." The woods have a built-in bias that causes them to move in a curving rather than a straight trajectory. Bowling greens were frequently attached to country inn. In his Account of a Visit to Hurts of 1747, James Belchin described a convivial evening at the Bunch of Grapes: "This house is very pleasantly situated, and has belonging to it a large and handsome bowling-green for the diversion of those gentlemen who please to play. Being all assembled together we sat down and smoked our pipe and drank some wine in a very sociable manner."
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