Charles Lees was a Scottish portrait painter with a keen interest in sporting subjects. Born in Cupar Fife he began his career as a pupil of Sir Henry Raeburn and spent the majority of his working life in Edinburgh having his studio at 19 Scotland Street. Charles Lees achieved initial renown as aportrait painter his accomplishments leading to his election to theRoyal Scottish Academyin 1830. He later served as the Academys Treasurer. Lees is perhaps best known for his work specialising in sporting and recreational subjects especially his 1847 painting The Golfers St Andrews. The original painting measured 4ft. 3 by 7ft. and featured a match on the fifteenth green on the old course.He also painted a Golf Match in 1847 and a Summer Evening at Musselburgh in 1859. His other great picture was The Grand Curling Match at the Royal Caledonian Curling Club at Linlithgow.