Antique Real Tennis Print, Charles Delahaye, Biboche

Antique Real Tennis Print, Charles Delahaye, Biboche

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Real Tennis Print, Charles Delahaye, Biboche, Jeu De Paume, Joueur De Paume.
A wonderful rare original 1870's etching of Charles Delahaye, born in 1825 and was known as Biboche. Biboche's father, Henri, kept a court in Amiens and previously had a court at Geneva. With his father's tuition, Biboche's game soon improved and by the age of 15 he became attached to the court in the Passage Sandrié. Here he played with J. Edmond Barre and the amateur, M. Mosneron, and soon was second in prowess only to Barre himself. In 1848 he defeated Peter Tompkins at Hampton Court and in 1851 twice defeated his son, Edmund, at Oxford and James Street.
A very rare etching.

Jeu de paume literally means 'palm game' and is a ball-and-court game that originated in France. Sometimes called 'courte paume' or 'real tennis' it was the forerunner to Tennis, played without racquets. Although rackets were eventually introduced by the late 1600's, the name did not change. It later became known as 'tennis', then after the game of lawn tennis became the more widely known sport it was known as 'real tennis'.


Height 45 cm / 17 "
Width 30.5 cm / 12 "
Framed height 68.5 cm / 27 "
Framed width 49.5 cm / 19 "
Framed depth 1.5 cm / "



Circa 1870's




United Kingdom


Very good, reframed.