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  • 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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  • Dimension height :: 21.0cm
  • Dimension width :: 27.6cm
  • Exhibition :: Pleasures and Pastimes
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Exhibition :: The Pursuit of Happiness - A View of Life in Georgian England
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, Bequest Cab. F, Sh-5
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: architectural subject
  • Subject Concept :: ball games
  • Subject Concept :: benches
  • Subject Concept :: bowls
  • Subject Concept :: castle
  • Subject Concept :: dog (animal)
  • Subject Concept :: fence
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: hats
  • Subject Concept :: inn
  • Subject Concept :: leisure
  • Subject Concept :: men
  • Subject Concept :: trees
  • Subject Place :: Berkshire
  • Subject Place :: England
  • Subject Place :: Hurst
  • Subject Place :: St. Nicholas Hurst
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • A Game of Bowls on the Bowling Green Outside the Bunch of Grapes Inn, Hurst, Berkshire
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